February 01, 2022

Losses

Recognizing members of the Beloit College community we have lost.

1940-1949

  • Dr. Lawrence F. Nelson’42, World War II veteran, retired physician; Feb. 27, 2021, in Whitewater, Wis. Survivors include one son and two daughters.
  • Julia Test Parker’42; Dec. 26, 2020, in Holland, Mich. She was predeceased by her husband, John Parker, and is survived by two daughters.
  • Dorothy Howell Dowden’46, talented singer, avid traveler; Nov. 27, 2020, in Aurora, Colo. She was predeceased by her husband, Ronald D. Dowden’49, and aunt, Ruth Howell Stimes (1919). She is survived by a daughter.
  • Dorothea Reckard Massman’47, retired educator; July 25, 2021, in Glen Ellyn, Ill. Survivors include her husband, Albert Massman, one son, and three daughters.
  • Doris Percy Strauss’47, active community volunteer; May 4, 2021, in Traverse City, Mich. She is survived by one son and three daughters.
  • Betty Weber Dewey’48, retired middle-school math teacher; Oct. 11, 2021, in Cromwell, Conn. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Dewey, and is survived by her niece Kathryn Dewey Bowen’67, two daughters, and two sons.
  • Janet Boggs Fowler’48; April 20, 2020, in Barrington, Ill. She was predeceased by her husband, Edmund R. Fowler’49, brother, Franklin Boggs, and niece Judy Boggs Varner’64. Survivors include one son and two daughters.
  • Norma Hagerhorst Hinchman’48; Nov. 21, 2019, in Geneva, Ill. She was predeceased by her husband, Hubert Hinchman, and is survived by one son and two daughters.
  • Rose Cerny Lundberg’48, accomplished singer, active volunteer; Nov. 16, 2021, in Scottsdale, Ariz. She was predeceased by her husband, William Lundberg. She is survived by one son and four daughters, including Leah Lundberg Becker’72.
  • Eunice Mecaskey Roth’48, retired real estate agent, avid traveler; Jan. 10, 2020, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Roth, and is survived by two sons.
  • Boots Lane Thompson-Logue’48, retired teacher; Sept. 23, 2021, in Sun City Center, Fla. She is survived by her brother, A. Donald “Don” Lane’48, and three sons.
  • Doris Koebel Edwards’49, retired teacher; Aug. 30, 2020, in La Mesa, Calif. She was predeceased by her husband, John R. Edwards’51, and is survived by one son and two daughters.
  • Arthur D. Lamb’49, retired lieutenant commander with the U.S. Navy; Aug. 17, 2021, in Fairfax, Va. He was predeceased by his wife, Joan Lamb, and is survived by two sons and three daughters.
  • Margaret Nord Mann’49, retired historical tour guide; Aug. 31, 2020, in Apple Valley, Calif. She was predeceased by her husband, Theodore C. Mann’49.
  • Richard W. Peterson’49, World War II veteran, retired economic analyst; Oct. 22, 2021, in Carson City, Nev. He was predeceased by three wives, June Mann Peterson’47, Shirley Winkleman, and June Miller. He is survived by two sons.
  • Robert L. Siegel’49, World War II veteran, retired insurance risk manager; July 25, 2021, in Sun City West, Ariz. He was predeceased by his wife, Millie Siegel, and is survived by two sons.

1950-1959

  • Phyllis Nelson Gordon’51, retired teacher; Aug. 16, 2021, in Cupertino, Calif. She was predeceased by her husband, Peter Gordon. Survivors include one son and two daughters.
  • Emmy Schact Immell’51, former member of the National Ski Patrol, first aid instructor with the Red Cross; May 9, 2020, in Middleton, Wis. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Immell, and is survived by one daughter, two sons, and cousin Kathryn Schacht McCausland’58.
  • John L. Lyons’51, former antique dealer and owner of Old House Lights; April 24, 2020, in Minnetonka, Minn. He was predeceased by his wife, Jeanne Lyons, and is survived by three sons.
  • Margaret Duncan Stumpf’51, retired elementary teacher; Oct. 21, 2021, in Athens, Ohio. She is survived by her husband, Folden Stumpf, a daughter, and a son.
  • Mary Louise Oman Bahe’52; Sept. 26, 2021, in Hampshire, Ill. She was predeceased by her husband, Harold Bahe, one son, and one daughter.
  • Jeanne Saunders Clark’52; March 5, 2020, in Gulf Shores, Ala. She was predeceased by her cousin, Janet Shaw Loring’51. Survivors include her husband, John Clark, sisters, Barbara Saunders’60 and Mary Saunders Johnson’58, and brother-in-law, David Johnson’57.
  • Sam S. Dickson’52, former co-owner of D & D Construction; Dec. 18, 2020, in Sarasota, Fla. He was predeceased by his life partner, Jim Drinkwater, and is survived by one nephew.
  • Jack L. Erickson’52; Oct. 30, 2020, in Dallas, Texas.
  • Dr. Lawrence M. Field’52, retired dermatologist and adjunct professor of cutaneous surgery; Oct. 2, 2020, in New Braunfels, Texas. He is survived by his fiancé, Gloria Wildberger, and two sons.
  • Gordon A. Rice’52, retired real estate developer; Nov. 16, 2020, in Madison, Wis. He is survived by his wife, Jean Rice, one daughter, and two sons.
  • Marcee Bainbridge Rogers’52, former bank teller and active community member; Jan. 23, 2020, in Ottawa, Kan. She was predeceased by her husband, Joe Rogers, and is survived by two sons.
  • Dorothy Jones Furgason’53, retired elementary school teacher; Aug. 15, 2021, in Florissant, Mo. She was predeceased by her husband, George A. Furgason’54, and is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Furgason Smith’76, and son David Furgason’74.
  • Lois Lampe Johnsgard’54, active community volunteer; Oct. 30, 2021, in Lincoln, Neb. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul Johnsgard, and a son. She is survived by one son and two daughters.
  • James J. Vance’55, attorney, active community member, avid golfer; Sept. 17, 2021, in Fort Atkinson, Wis. He was predeceased by his wife, Lee Kirkpatrick Vance’57, and is survived by one son and two daughters.
  • Meredith Hart Nessinger’56, accomplished quilter and reader; June 17, 2021, in Scottsdale, Ariz. She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Nessinger, and a stepdaughter. Survivors include two daughters, two sons, and one stepson.
  • Robert H. Miller’57, U.S. Army veteran, retired attorney; Aug. 9, 2021, in Des Plaines, Ill. He was predeceased by his son, Kenneth, and is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jo-Ann Miller, and one daughter.
  • Lois Hultquist Orndorff’57, former registered nurse and community volunteer; Nov. 25, 2021, in Mequon, Wis. She was predeceased by her husband, Ronald D. Orndorff’57, and is survived by two daughters and two sons.
  • Donald M. Sieja’57; Oct. 22, 2021, in Chicago, Ill. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Sieja, a daughter, and a son.
  • Gerald O. Werle’57, retired director of public relations with Kirtland Community College; Sept. 1, 2021, in Roscommon, Mich. Survivors include his wife, Roberta Werle, two daughters, and two sons.
  • Keith W. Algozin’58, U.S. Army veteran, professor of philosophy; Aug. 29, 2021, in Springfield, Wis. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mary Algozin, one son, and two daughters.
  • Diana Marsh Saaby’58, active community member; June 26, 2020, in Upper Nyack, N.Y. She was predeceased by her husband, Lynn W. Saaby’58, and is survived by numerous family members.
  • Betty Lewis Finn’59; Aug. 7, 2021, in Ormond Beach, Fla. She was predeceased by her husband, James N. Finn’52, and is survived by a daughter and a son.
  • Barbara Moore Ford’59; Oct. 25, 2021, in Evanston, Ill. She is survived by two daughters and two sons.
  • Donald Mellema’59, retired news reporter and anchorman for WBBM-AM news radio in Chicago; Dec. 3, 2021, in Glenview, Ill. He was predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Freda Mellema, and is survived by two sons.

1960-1969

  • Alan D. Cornue’60, retired certified public account; Sept. 22, 2020, in Milwaukee, Wis. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Cornue, and a son.
  • James G. Gutensohn’60, former commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management, advocate for social justice and peace; May 18, 2021, in Fox-Amphoux, France. He was predeceased by his sister, Helen Gutensohn Vukelich’49, and is survived by his wife, Joanne Gutensohn, and three daughters, including Sara Gutensohn Lillis’89.
  • Glenne Winkoski McMonigal’60, former editor and publisher, active community member; Oct. 19, 2021, in Crystal Lake, Ill. Survivors include her husband, Jim McMonigal, one daughter, and two sons.
  • Pamela Garr Herrlinger’61, former co-owner of Powell’s Hardware and Department store, retired teacher; Oct. 14, 2021, in Issaquah, Wash. She is survived by her husband, Al Herrlinger, a daughter, and a son.
  • Gene W. Marti’61; Nov. 6, 2021, in Faribault, Minn. Survivors include his wife, Wendy Marti, one daughter, one son, and two stepchildren.
  • John “J.T.” Jacobson’62, former teacher and coach, retired crop insurance adjuster; Sept. 25, 2021, in Pontiac, Ill. He was predeceased by his son, Jeffrey, and is survived by one daughter and two sons.
  • Carolyn Stewart Dyer’65, professor emerita of journalism and mass communication at the University of Iowa; Sept. 6, 2020, in Iowa City. She was predeceased by her sister, Nancy E. Stewart’69, and is survived by her partner, Wendy Brown.
  • Roberta Samuel Myers’65, former second-grade teacher and guidance counselor; Sept. 7, 2021, in Alexandria, Va. She is survived by a son.
  • Bonnie Meyer Ledbetter’65, retired reference bibliographer and associate professor; Aug. 31, 2021, in Birmingham, Ala. She was predeceased by her husband, James Ledbetter, and is survived by numerous family members.
  • Dennis E. Lohr’65, professor emeritus at Arizona State University, avid traveler; December 2020, in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is survived by his wife, Nita Lohr.
  • Susan Simpson Doyle’66, former social worker and art instructor; July 21, 2021, in Boca Raton, Fla. Survivors include her husband, Howard “Ward” Doyle’65, a daughter, and a son.
  • Edward “Ted” M. Sheldon’67, U.S. Navy veteran, retired advertising manager; Oct. 13, 2021, in Savannah, Ga. He is survived by his wife, Marianne Weber Sheldon’70, and three daughters.
  • Howard R. Snyder’67, retired engineering manager with The Boeing Company; July 16, 2021, in Naples, Fla. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Kreuter Snyder’66.
  • John E. Foote’68, U.S. Army veteran, former engineering technician; Nov. 28, 2020, in Hebron, Conn. He is survived by numerous family members.
  • Susan G. Grieger’68, freelance writer; Oct. 23, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn. She is survived by her life-long partner, James Jackson, and numerous family members.

1970-1979

  • Mary Elaine Cunningham’70, accomplished singer and organist; September 2021, in Glen Rock, N.J. She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Wayne Plumer, and numerous family members.
  • Thomas R. LaHann’70, former faculty member at Idaho State University; Feb. 26, 2021, in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was predeceased by his wife, Prescilla LaHann, and is survived by two sons.
  • Marilyn Morrow Harris’70, former lecturer and faculty member at Murray State University; Aug. 26, 2021, in Paducah, Ky. She is survived by two daughters.
  • Marilyn Browning’74, retired geology teacher; June 20, 2020, in Hickory, N.C. She is survived by numerous family members.
  • Carol Hicklin Hay’78, avid volunteer and quilter; Oct. 10, 2021, in Madison, Wis. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Ron Hay. u Bernadette Williams’81, former legal assistant, avid traveler, jewelry designer; Aug. 13, 2021, in Chicago, Ill. Survivors include her sister, Morganna Williams’93, and numerous family members and friends. u Scott W. Buchs’99; Oct. 30, 2021, in Beloit, Wis. Survivors include his parents and a brother.

Faculty, Staff, and Friends

  • Timothy F. McKearn, former director of major gifts at Beloit College, dedicated community member; Oct. 29, 2021, in Beloit, Wis. Survivors include his wife, Debbie McKearn, and two sons.

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