Summer 2006

In Memoriam

Max KocourMax G. Kocour ’43 played Shocker football in the days before face masks were part of a player’s full complement of  gear.

Kocour came to the University of Wichita in 1939 from Andale, Kan., and took to the field with the likes of Lyle “The Hugoton Hare” Sturdy (fullback), Bill Moriconi (guard) and Paul Stout (tackle). In a later letter sent to WSU, Kocour wrote, “I was a not-too-good football letterman at WU in 1941 and ’42.”

In 1993, Kocour — by then a newly retired, successful business executive who had worked for such household-name corporations as Pillsbury, Simoniz and Philip Morris — attended a meeting in Wichita of WU alumni lettermen, a group dubbed the “Oldtimers.”

At this particular meeting, the honored guest was former WU football coach Ralph Graham. “Ralph was an inspiration to me,” Kocour said, as he pulled from his pocket a football-shaped pin he had kept for 50 years. “Ralph gave some of us a football pin when we beat K-State in 1942,” he explained. Then he addressed his former coach, “I’d like to present you with my pin.”

A WWII veteran, Kocour served with the 90th Infantry Division and landed on Utah Beach on D-Day. He earned battlefield promotions from private to major and earned many commendations. In 1945, he wed R. Heloise Hillbrand fs ’45, who died Feb. 26, 2005. From 1955-92, the Kocours lived on the North Shore of Chicago, where they raised six children.

Max Kocour died March 16 in Wichita.

— Connie White

Philip Farha

Born in Lebanon the youngest of eight children, Philip F. Farha ’41 was two years old in 1921 when he came to Wichita with his mother and siblings.

After graduating from the University of Wichita with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Farha served during WWII as a captain in the U.S. Air Force’s Finance Department. In Wichita, he partnered with his four brothers in founding a local grocery store chain and served as the operating manager of the eight Farha Bros. Supermarkets.

In a 1959 newspaper article, Farha explained the company’s philosophy: “Our business is people. When I go into one of our stores and see clerks smiling and happy, I know how they are treating our customers. In treating our customers well, they are making friends of them. Those people will be back.”

After the success of Farha Bros. Supermarkets and of F&E Wholesale food distributors, Farha expanded the scope of his business activities to include real estate investments in Wichita and with B.D. Eddie Enterprises in his wife’s hometown of Oklahoma City. Also expanding was his family. He and Gloria (Eddie) Farha raised five children in Wichita.

Always supportive of his alma mater, Farha served as president of the alumni association in 1959-60, chaired the university’s Board of Trustees and was a member of the WSU Foundation’s National Advisory Council.

Phil Farha died March 2 in Wichita.

— Connie White

James TomaykoJames E. Tomayko was a renaissance man.

Despite having no degree in computer science, he founded a graduate program in software engineering at WSU. Recruited by Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute in 1990, he then founded and was director emeritus of Carnegie Mellon’s Master in Software Engineering program.

Tomayko held doctorates in history, social studies and secondary education and a master’s degree in Chinese. A consultant with NCR, NASA, Xerox and others, he lectured on software fault tolerance, development management and process improvement. He was also a scholar of the history of technology, specializing in the history of computing in aerospace. Because he hated being called “professor” or “doctor,” he had students and colleagues alike address him as “coach.”

James Tomayko died Jan. 9 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

— Connie White

Rachel Fletcher Rachel A. Fletcher ’04 possessed a tenacious soul.

In March 2004, Fletcher received a double-lung transplant; that May she earned her bachelor’s degree in communications — with summa cum laude honors. A proud WSU alumna, she was an avid reader, thespian, traveler, concert-goer and card player.

Rachel Fletcher died Feb. 13 in Wichita.

— Connie White

Nina Farha

Naer “Nina” (Razook) Farha may not have graduated from Wichita State, but the university and its alumni association couldn’t have had a better friend.

A former secretary in Los Angeles, she moved to Wichita in 1951 to wed Ralph Farha, the owner of the Village Food Mart and a former Wichita University student.

The Farhas raised three children — and became active supporters of higher education at Wichita State. A devoted wife and mother, Pizza Hut Inc. retiree and a Life Master bridge player, Farha compiled a long list of WSU service, including many years of volunteering at the association’s Shocker Auction.

Nina Farha died Feb. 3 in Wichita.

— Connie White

Mary May

Mary E. May, U.S. Bankruptcy Court trustee for Region 20 and a former partner in the Wichita law firm of Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch, was also a vocal — perhaps the most vocal — Shocker sports fan.

May and her husband Phil, a retired WSU accounting professor, sat in the front row of Section A of Levitt Arena for 20 years, with Mary often calling out “assistance” to the referees. She died March 25, the day after her beloved Shockers lost to George Mason, 55-63, in a Sweet Sixteen game in Washington, D.C.

— Connie White

Adeta (George) Allen ’64, retired elementary school principal, March 2, Lawrence, Kan.

Michael R. Allen ’70/73, national sales manager, Nov. 7, 2005, Lenexa, Kan.

Richard G. Allen ’68, worldwide product manager for Gates Rubber Co., Denver, Colo., June 23, 2005, Littleton, Colo.

Claudia (Dabler) Allison ’60, librarian, Jan. 21, 2004, Knoxville, Tenn.

Betty A. (Adams) Angulo ’37, retired Angulo Printing office manager, former University of Wichita secretary to Grace Wilkie and Al House, March 6, Wichita.

Gretchen L. (Poague) Atwood ’02, artist and homemaker, Feb. 21, Wichita.

Kenneth R. Baker ’54, retired Sears merchandise manager, WWII veteran, Feb. 6, Amarillo, Texas.

Robert M. Baker ’56, retired teacher, Sept. 15, 1995, Sanibel, Fla.

Larry N. Bates ’81, administration of justice graduate, Sept. 27, 2005, Palestine, Texas.

Evelyn (Chesney) Baumer ’74, retired social worker and financial secretary, Jan. 19, Hutchinson, Kan.

Nellie G. Becker ’85, business administration graduate, Feb. 24, 2005, Albany, Ga

Walter D. Bennett ’55, retired U.S. Air Force officer, Oct. 10, 2003, Palos Verdes, Calif.

Raymond A. Berschauer ’49, former WU tennis player, retired New York Life Insurance director, May 28, 2003, Richardson, Texas.

Keith O. Beshirs ’82, minister, Air Force veteran and Excel transport manager and head of security, May 5, Arkansas City, Kan.

Larry S. Bolinger ’96, journalism graduate, March 6, North Branch, Minn.

Janice (Hurtig) Bonine ’64, homemaker, Feb. 20, Wichita.

Martha L. (Slayton) Boyer ’34, homemaker, Feb. 16, Boulder, Colo.

Harold E. Box ’70, business administration graduate, Aug. 16, 2004, Edmond, Okla.

M. Arlene (Tade) Bradley ’43, retired teacher, Aug. 19, 2003, Cunningham, Kan.

Ward C. Bray ’52, former U.S. Air Force officer, Dec. 13, 2002, Magnolia, Texas.

D. Lane Broadstreet ’78, former secondary school music teacher, former insurance company claims adjuster, March 5, Marion, Kan.

William M. Brownell ’42, retired physician, former chief of staff at VA hospitals in Montgomery, Ala., and Topeka, Kan., Oct. 17, 2005, Topeka, Kan.

Dorothea Burdorf ’59, elementary education graduate, March 10, 2005, Mount Hope, Kan.

Grace (Kindsvater) Burkarth ’41/41, homemaker, retired documentation specialist and former The Sunflower editor-in-chief, July 5, 2005, Dallas.

Teresa (Adams) Burke ’90, former scientist with Prindle-Hinds Environmental Services, Albuquerque, N.M., Oct. 8, 2004, Santa Rosa, Calif.

Camilla J. (Monaco) Burt ’72, teacher, Oct. 11, 2005, Henderson, Nev.

David L. Burwell ’52, former U.S. Department of Housing senior financial analyst, May 26, 2005, Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Marvin L. Campbell ’48, retired PE teacher, coach and member of WU’s Raisin Bowl (Jan. 1, 1948) football team, Dec. 12, 2005, Levelland, Texas.

Leta K. Cate ’71, retired high school biology teacher, May 3, Midland, Texas.

James P. Cathey ’52, secondary education graduate, Aug. 3, 2005, San Antonio, Texas.

Gary R. Cheatham ’61, Star Plumbing district manager, Feb. 21, Wichita.

Wade K. Cheyney ’61, retired Boeing buyer, U.S. Army veteran, April 21, Wichita.

David E. Childs ’65/71, EMC engineer, most recently on special contract to Northrop Grumman, Baltimore, Md., May 1, Rockford, Ill.

Sandra K. (Wilkerson) Chodacki ’75, physical education graduate, homemaker, August 6, 2005, Fort Wayne, Ind.

DeDee (Decker) Cochran ’82/87, former Augusta Medical Complex controller, May 8, Andover, Kan.

Margaret E. (Ely) Conklin ’32, retired medical records librarian, former teacher and former city librarian, March 28, Mulvane, Kan.

Charles E. “Ed” Coon ’70, retired executive vice president of finance and administration for Eby Construction Co., March 4, Wichita.

Bryan K. Copeland ’96, computer science graduate, March 24, 2005, Germantown, Tenn.

Doris M. Cottam ’74/78, former U.S. Navy corpsman serving at Bethesda Naval Hospital during WWII, retired sociology teacher at Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, and former director of fundraising for the Iowa Democratic Party, Feb. 19, Sheboygan, Wis.

Lusetta (Roberson) Cotton ’93, gerontologist, Nov. 24, 2004, Tulsa, Okla.

Charles C. Crandall ’56, retired school administrator, former dean of arts and sciences at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, former president of Western Wyoming Community College, Rock Springs, Wyo., Aug. 8, 2003, Washington, Utah.

James R. Criswell ’50, retired director of international student services and former director of instrumental music who led the only community college marching band in Kansas and who in 1987 was named Distinguished Professor at Coffeyville Community College, Coffeyville, Kan., April 19, Coffeyville.

Michael L. Culbert ’60, journalist and national figure in the alternative health care movement, former American Biologics vice president, former president and chairman of the Committee of Freedom of Choice in Medicine, founder and president of the International Council for Health Freedom, former Wichita Beacon sports staffer, former editor of the Berkeley (Calif.) Daily Gazette, author of some 20 books and scores of articles on the topics of alternative medicine, medical politics and economics, Sept. 11, 2004, San Diego, Calif.

Eslie L. (Sundstrom) Darter ’54/61, retired medical radiological physicist, WWII veteran serving in the U.S. Navy, March 21, Wichita.

EveAnn (Hayter) Davis ’38, retired elementary school teacher, March 17, Anthony, Kan.

Robert H. Daw ’59, fine arts librarian, Oct. 24, 2004, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Vance A. De Sandro ’94, Boeing procurement agent, former WSU Spirit Squad member and avid Shocker sports supporter, Feb. 4, Wichita.

J. Rex Douglas, WSU associate professor emeritus of personnel services, April 28, Wichita.

Richard C. Dove ’55, retired medical technologist, Korean War veteran, Feb. 25, Winfield, Kan.

Marion T. DuBose ’76, DuBose Lawn Service and DuBose Property Management Co. co-owner, U.S. Air Force Vietnam War veteran, May 1, Wichita.

Walter K. Duerksen ’62, Lockheed Martin Energy Systems chemist, former Union Carbide research chemist and son of Walter J. Duerksen ’31 (1907-80), longtime WU and WSU dean of fine arts, Oct. 12, 2005, Norris, Tenn.

Harold E. “Bud” Elliott ’62, former Eastern New Mexico University head football coach who became Eastern’s all-time winningest coach in football with an overall record of 68-49-2, former head coach at Northwest Missouri State University, Nov. 1, 2005, Portales, N.M.

R. Lee Elliott ’62, retired instrumental music teacher, former Calavan Band proprietor and director emeritus of the Midian Shrine Million Dollar Band, March 26, Wichita.

Ronald R. Ellsbury ’40, retired Boeing Aircraft scheduler and WWII veteran who served in the 51st Evacuation Hospital, 7th Army, May 3, Columbia, Mo.

Brian K. Etter ’77/77, humanities professor at  GMI Engineering and Management Institute in Flint, Mich., Aug. 5, 2005, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Elma D. (Edwards) Ericks ’49, former dance instructor and dance school owner, Dec. 4, 2005, Port Angeles, Wash.

Warren S. Everett ’33, retired national security coordinator, career U.S. Army officer retired, former public works director for the Agency for International Development Mission in Saigon, Vietnam, Feb. 6, 2001, McLean, Va.

Sharon P. (Foy) Fairleigh ’61, reading specialist, Aug. 12, 2004, Shawnee Mission, Kan.

Treva J. “Steve” Farha, retired WSU Campus Activities Center dining services department employee, Jan. 27, Wichita.

Beverly A. (Bauersfeld) Fiedler fs ’47, homemaker, avid Shocker women’s basketball fan, longtime community volunteer active with the Women’s Association of the Wichita Symphony, the Wichita Area Girl Scout Council and Botanica, The Wichita Gardens, March 9, Wichita.

Donald R. Fisher ’50, retired Boeing weights engineer, WWII veteran serving in the Army Air Corps and earning distinction as a B-17 pilot, April 7, Kent, Wash.

Virginia L. (Porter) Fiser fs ’97, homemaker and community and university volunteer active with Opera Kansas, Phi Kappa Phi, Wichita Alumni of Mu Phi Epsilon and Zeta Phi Eta, Feb. 24, Wichita.

Marjorie J. (Plott) Fleming ’49, homemaker and retired elementary school teacher, Sept. 6, 2005, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Robert G. Foster ’51, retired Kelsey-Hayes Co. sales engineer, former WSU engineering instructor, Boeing Wichita air loads engineer and Bendix Aerospace senior engineer, Jan. 29, 2002, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Janice W. (Moore) Gamble ’91, high school special education teacher, Feb. 21, Wichita.

Bernadee L. Gauntt ’61/68, retired elementary school teacher, July 5, 2004, Wichita.

Clayton N. Gerboth ’61/61/61, geologist for Kerr McGee Corp., Golden, Colo., chief geologist for North American Coal Corp., Bismarck, N.D., and owner of Casey’s Food ’n Spirits, Springfield, Mo., Feb. 22, Springfield.

Joseph A. Giannantonio ’75, director of chemical dependent services for Alta Vista Memorial Center in Bakersfield, Calif., retired U.S. Air Force major formerly assigned as a social actions officer at Alconbury RAF Station, England, Sept. 7, 2003, Bakersfield, Calif.

Robert R. Gibson ’53, business administration graduate, Nov. 12, 2004, Albuquerque, N.M.

Jerrold I. Goldberg ’93, retired Boeing engineer, Nov. 15, 2005, Wichita.

Edna A. Good ’59, retired elementary school teacher, Jan. 26, San Diego, Calif.

Lawrence U. Good ’64, farmer, April 7, Wichita.

Ralph M. Graham, former WU athletic director and head football coach, former Kansas State University football coach (1948-50) and the first Big Seven Conference coach to offer a college scholarship to a black student-athlete, member of the Kansas State Sports Hall of Fame and the Kansas All Sports Hall of Fame, WWII veteran, Oct. 14, 2005, Hesston, Kan.

Marvin E. Grandstaff ’56, music professor at Michigan State University, East Lansing, and former high school music teacher and director, Aug. 28, 2003, Okemos, Mich.

Doris Graves, retired WSU counseling office secretary, Jan. 31, Wichita.

John W. Gregory ’71, chemical plant operator for MEMC, Pasadena, Texas, and former Shocker football player, May 12, 2005, Baytown, Texas.

Vera M. (Ellis) Hall ’41, homemaker and former elementary school teacher, Feb. 8, Sarona, Wis.

William R. Grier ’47, State of Kansas Department of Revenue accountant, WWII veteran who served in the Combat Medical Corps in Africa and the South Pacific, May 2, Topeka, Kan.

Marjorie L. (Vermillion) Grisier ’59/64, retired elementary school reading teacher, May 2, Wichita.

Harry W. Harcrow ’59, retired Martin Marietta Aerospace engineer, Sept. 18, 2005, Littleton, Colo.

Burton E. Hardin ’64, retired music educator and award-winning composer and arranger, May 9, Monument, Colo.

N. Louise Hartman ’49, retired Boeing Aircraft research engineer, April 28, Indianapolis, Ind.

Sara L. (Farmer) Hausler ’85, retired Wichita Collegiate learning specialist, May 20, Wichita.

Douglas W. Henderson ’71, music educator and school administrator, March 23, 2005, Broken Arrow, Okla.

Marilyn J. (Wallis) Henderson ’75/97, Spirit Aerosystems and Boeing Aircraft stress engineer, May 16, Wichita.

D. Louise (Lewis) Hopkins ’42, homemaker, Sept. 20, 2005, Santa Maria, Calif.

Maurice R. Holman ’73/73, 3rd District GOP treasurer, former Kansas parole officer and Illinois probation officer, former Boy Scouts of America district executive, Chicago, and then senior district executive, St. Charles, Ill., April 9, Olathe, Kan.

Thomas Y. Horton ’33/36, chemist, May 23, 2004, Albuquerque, N.M.

Gerard T. Hotze ’76, mechanical engineering  graduate, Feb. 3, Wichita.

Eula M. (Liggett) Houlton ’55, retired elementary school principal, May 1, Lawrence, Kan.

Verne E. Howard ’41, retired dentist who served as a dentist in the U.S. Navy during WWII and again for a year during the Korean War, March 27, Weslaco, Texas.

Barbara A. Howland ’59, retired elementary school teacher, March 3, Mulvane, Kan.

Dana D. Huskerson ’90, Kansas Gas Service Co. accountant and part-time employee of the All Creatures Veterinary Clinic, Wichita, Jan. 27, Newton, Kan.

Loren G. Janzen ’65/67, painter and printmaker whose artworks are held in collections worldwide, former art instructor at Sacred Heart College (Newman University), Wichita, former University of Texas at El Paso art professor, co-owner of Art Dimensions Galleries, El Paso, and independent art consultant in California, Feb. 21, Carmel by the Sea, Calif.

Eleanor M. (Corcoran) Jeffords ’36, homemaker and retired vice president and owner of Jeffords Spice Co., March 2, Nashville, Tenn.

Mark M. Jong, WSU professor emeritus of engineering who joined the electrical engineering department staff in 1967 as an assistant professor, became associate professor in 1971, was named full professor in 1980 and later served as graduate coordinator and associate dean, March 30, Laguna Woods, Calif.

H. Eugene Jones ’48, principal attorney with Hershberger, Patterson, Jones & Roth, former assistant city attorney and WWII veteran, Feb. 19, Wichita.

Marjorie A. (Wehmeier) Kenney ’84, retired legal secretary, Dec. 6, 2005, Wichita.

Carolyn M. King ’86, retired respiratory therapist, Feb. 28, Wichita.

Ruth S. (Parham) Kuhns-Fish ’48, retired lab technician, Dec. 30, 2005, Leawood, Kan.

Linda S. Lane ’76/83, former executive director of the Catholic Association of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, former elementary school teacher, Jan. 1, Yukon, Okla.

An Trong Le ’87, food technician, July 24, 2005, Westminster, Calif.

Daltas J. Le Sueur ’74/76, retired elementary school teacher, Vietnam War veteran and USAF master sergeant, Feb. 23, Wichita.

Charles J. Maple ’66, retired FAA test pilot certification engineer, retired U.S. Navy test pilot, WWII and Korean War veteran, March 29, Wichita.

Marvin E. Maresch ’60, retired USAF analyst, Oct. 2, 2004, Springfield, Mo.

Donna D. (Henry) McClelland ’54, homemaker and former UCLA Museum of Cultural History archaeological research associate, Sept. 11, 2004, San Marino, Calif.

Eileen B. McClure ’67, retired elementary school teacher, April 27, Hutchinson, Kan.

John C. McGuire ’54, former Lockheed Martin software quality manager, July 30, 2004, Nashville, Tenn.

Shawn D. McMahon fs ’92, director of the Office of Family Life for the Diocese of La Crosse, Wis., May 19, Holmen, Wis.

Francis “Frank” C. McMaster fs ’48, attorney with McMaster & McMaster, Kansas House of Representatives member 1969-74, U.S. Navy veteran 1945-46, Dec. 17, 2005, Wichita.

John I. Michaels ’41, retired federal government political analyst, Oct. 12, 2005, Southern Pines, N.C.

Arnold “Arnie” F. Minks ’56, retired Pizza Hut franchise owner and Boeing and Hesston manufacturing employee, Feb. 24, Wichita.

Kerry L. Mirt ’81, Johnson Construction Specialties owner, April 9, Houston, Texas.

John L. Mitchell ’57, retired Foggy River Boys music show performer, Jan. 11, Branson, Mo.

Edwin C. Moreland ’52, retired Emporia State University social sciences professor, Feb. 14, Wichita.

Jason A. Morgan ’95, VA Hospital medical technologist, May 18, Wichita.

John R. Morton ’41, U.S. Army Air Corps WWII veteran, former junior high school teacher and coach, retired SRS social worker, April 21, Wichita.

Clair D. Nelson ’63, engineer at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, March 22, Houston, Texas.

Theresa M. Officer ’91, chemistry graduate, Jan. 4, Demotte, Ind.

Elizabeth “Betty” A. Painter ’47, retired children’s director at both the Florida Baptist Convention and the Women’s Missionary Union, April 17, Madison, Miss.

Merle D. (Davis) Parks ’61/61, retired elementary school teacher, June 13, 2003, Weslaco, Texas.

Jonathan R. Pavey ’93, medical technologist, March 14, 2005, Chicago, Ill.

Roger F. Pearson ’95, maintenance supervisor at Frontier Refinery, El Dorado, Kan., Oct. 30, 2005, Augusta, Kan.

Margaret “Peggy” (Archer) Perdue ’45, retired Catholic Social Services social worker, Jan. 4, 2005, Topeka, Kan.

Kimberly L. Pitts ’97, dental hygienist serving from 1993-2005 in the Army Reserves in Germany, in Killeen, Texas, and for a year in Afghanistan, before joining the U.S. Public Health Service and working at the Southcentral Foundation and the Alaska Native Medical Center in Alaska, Jan. 24, Palmer, Alaska.

Prudence E. (Romine) Price ’49, retired teacher, Feb. 13, Newton, Kan.

David M. Rabe ’72, high school science teacher and basketball coach, March 23, Derby, Kan.

Phillis A. (Manning) Randall fs ’49, homemaker, former volunteer coordinator at St. Francis Hospital, former Elder Hostel director and active community volunteer, May 4, Wichita.

Robert Hunter Rankin ’76, retired Boeing Aircraft Co. printer, March 4, Wichita.

Wilburn J. “Bill” Reese ’65, retired aeronautical engineer, April 16, Derby, Kan.

Robert F. Reid ’62, German and English educator, July 6, 2004, Fort Worth, Texas.

Michael E. Rhodes ’65, retired Honeywell marketing and education director, Sept. 10,  2005, Bella Vista, Ark.

Lois G. Robertson ’65, remedial reading teacher, Feb. 7, Wichita.

Thelma A. (Gage) Ross ’57, retired elementary school teacher, March 20, 2005, Deming, N.M.

Morton “Pete” Rowan fs ’43, retired dentist, March 6, 2004, Lake Quivira, Kan.

Richard M. Russ ’65, owner of Russ & Russ, former Shocker golfer and second lieutenant regularly assigned to the 130th General Hospital in Chinon, France, June 30, 2003, San Antonio.

Harold G. Sadowski ’63, investor, former administrator of Geary Community Hospital, Junction City, Kan., Nov. 23, 2005, Abilene, Kan.

Jerome J. Schaplowsky ’49, retired accountant, former business manager for Adair Oil Co., Wichita, Feb. 25, Park City, Kan.

Daniel J. Sevart, attorney with the Wichita law firm of Sevart & Sevart, Vietnam War veteran who served in the USAF from 1965-72 and avid supporter of the fine arts at WSU and in the wider community, Dec. 16, 2005, Wichita.

William C. Sexton ’81, retired pastor of Roan Ridge Church of Christ, Kansas City, Mo., May 8, Van Buren, Ark.

M. Grace (Coulter) Shannon ’60, retired elementary school teacher, May 16, Wichita.

Robert L. Sharp ’48, retired teacher, Nov. 24, 2003, Sutherlin, Ore.

James L. Sheets fs ’75, retired Beech executive pilot, artist and co-owner of Williams Janitorial Supply Warehouse, April 22, Wichita.

Harold A. Shelton ’60, industrial educator and research director at BIE Research, Albuquerque, N.M., retired USAF colonel who during his military career worked as director of advanced space defense systems at Los Angeles Air Force Station and as jet test pilot and aircraft maintenance supervisor at McConnell AFB, June 14, 2005, Albuquerque.

Gilbert K. Sievers ’41, retired geologist and analyst for the USAF, April 24, 2004, St. Louis, Mo.

Bernice F. Smith ’74, homemaker, May 6, Brownsville, Texas.

Patricia A. (Wise) Snook ’59, retired teacher, Nov. 24, 2004, Emporia, Kan.

Warren R. Southward ’49, attorney with the Wichita law firm of Southard Fitts McCafferty Madden, WWII veteran and former WU captain of the track team, Feb. 5, Wichita.

Anna M. Staley ’46, retired teacher, June 2, 2005, Gladstone, Mo.

Nicholas S. Stevens fs ’40, owner of Commercial Vending Co. in Wichita, city championship golfer and former WU athlete who played varsity football, Feb. 26, Wichita.

Oliver W. Stringer ’50, retired va Hospital service administrator, U.S. Army captain regularly assigned to the 305th Field Hospital at Fort Sam Houston, Aug. 11, 2005, Chillicothe, Ohio.

Lloyd C. Striplin ’96, Heartspring behavioralist, Feb. 2, Wichita.

Harry R. Sunderland ’66, career USAF officer who retired in 1986 as a lieutenant colonel serving in public affairs, former president of Sunderland & Co., a public relations and financial service firm in Arlington Heights, Ill., Jan. 22, 2004, Great Falls, Mont.

Barbara R. (Dove) Swartsfager ’59, retired elementary school teacher, Dec. 9, 2005, Tucson, Ariz.

Dudley “D.C.” Tankersley ’41, retired consulting geologist, Nov. 27, 2004, Abilene, Texas.

Marvin D. Taves ’62, retired Beech Aircraft industrial engineer, April 14, Wichita.

Bernard Q. Taylor ’33, retired president and owner of Midwest Tool & Supply, former Boeing Wichita plant manager and owner or partner in a number of manufacturing and service businesses, March 16, Wichita.

Donald E. Thompson ’26, retired accountant, former deputy registrar with the Farm Credit Administration and Fairmount College graduate, Feb. 25, Wichita.

Marilyn Y. (Jones) Tontz ’66, quality consultant for the U.S. Department of Treasury, March 4, Dallas, Texas.

G. Thomas Truffelli ’49, president of Tru-Tech Associates, former microbiologist and cancer researcher at Parke-Davis, July 17, 2005, Crownsville, Md.

Bettye (Coffee) Tumlinson ’73, retired social studies teacher, special projects manager and teacher in-service specialist, March 16, Wichita.

Roberta B. (Knowlton) Uhren ’37, retired medical lab technician, May 18, Wichita.

Charles E. Vachal ’31/45, retired high school business, math and social studies teacher, coach and administrator, Feb.17, Lindsborg, Kan.

Lea E. Vitalich ’84, artist, Jan. 12, Destin, Fla.

Leon H. Vogt ’57, computer, tax and accounting consultant, Dec. 1, 2005, Bartlesville, Okla.

Jean E. Wedel ’67, retired school teacher and librarian, Oct. 10, 2005, Moundridge, Kan.

Walter L. Wehner ’49/50, retired University of North Carolina music professor and director of graduate studies, April 6, 2004, Greensboro, N.C.

Carol A. (Steiger) Whiteside ’70, retired elementary music teacher, organist, April 30, Highland Village, Texas.

Jarvis H. Whitmore ’62, former McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft project manager, Feb. 12, Oceanside, Calif.

Verena F. (Johnson) Wilson ’69, retired junior high English teacher, March 15, Wichita.

Max C. Windmiller ’41, artist, Nov. 9, 2005, Hood River, Ore.

Lyle L. Woodring fs ’50, retired Lucas Controls Co. Inc. sales engineer, Sept. 3, 2004, Tulsa, Okla.

Sun Fong Wong ’71/73, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accountant, Feb. 6, 2005, Arlington, Va.

Donald A. Yoder ’51/51, retired career U.S. Army colonel, veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War, March 2, Oro Valley, Ariz.