Spring 2014

In Memoriam

Dorothy (McComb) Adams '51, homemaker and business administration graduate who taught bridge for 30 years and was active in a number of bridge clubs, as well as the Compass Book Club, MacDowell Club and Antique Club, Nov. 5, 2013, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Elizabeth "Betty" L. Alford '89, homemaker and retired secretary to the dean of engineering at Wichita State, Sept. 28, 2013, Wichita.

Darlene R. (Hannam) Anderson '72, RN who earned a master's degree in student personnel and worked for some 25 years as a school nurse for Wichita public schools, retiring in 1991; volunteer at the Red Cross, Cancer Society and the Andover (Kan.) Health Care Center; Wichita State supporter who, along with her husband, funded a number of scholarships at WSU, including the Robert and Darlene Anderson Lifeguard Scholarship, awarded to a student serving as a Heskett Center lifeguard, and the Bob and Darlene Anderson Spirit Squad Endowed Scholarship, Jan. 14, 2014, Wichita.

Elizabeth "Beth" R. Anderson '88, executive coordinator of literacy instruction for Wichita public schools and former Clearwater, Kan., elementary school teacher and administrator who was awarded the South Central Kansas NEA's Outstanding Teacher Award in 1988; a book club organizer and member who served as president of the Kansas Reading Association; homemaker, Sept. 10, 2013, Wichita.

Kimberlee K. (Dorsey) Anderson '96/99, public administration graduate, former management intern at the Sedgwick County Courthouse, military spouse and homemaker, Nov. 19, 2013, Tampa, Fla.

Betty A. (Jackson) Arnold '71/82, homemaker and former administrative director of oncology services at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita, Jan. 20, 2014, Wichita.

Barbara l. (Ahrens) Bagby '68/72/81/81, retired ESL teacher and church musician who earned four degrees from Wichita State – a bachelor's degree in English language and literature, a bachelor's degree in music performance, a master's degree in English and a bachelor's degree in special music education – and is honored with a commemorative brick in WSU's Plaza of Heroines, Oct. 20, 2013, Wichita.

Georgianna M. Baker '69, homemaker and retired middle school librarian in Maize, Kan., Feb. 23, 2013, Wichita.

Virgil R. Baker '90, Vietnam War veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force, Feb. 16, 2014, Ft. Dodge, Kan.

Waldo F. Bales '59, retired private-practice attorney whose law career included serving as assistant district attorney in Delaware County, Okla., city attorney for the city of Tulsa, Okla., and general counsel for the Grand River Dam Authority; World War II veteran who served as a gunner on Naval PBY seaplane runs over Borneo and other areas in the South Pacific and who received air medals for bravery in battle, April 16, 2012, Eucha, Okla.

John Banman '41, retired music educator who taught in Kansas for more than 65 years at schools in Clearwater, Ellinwood and Great Bend, and, for more than 20 years, as a woodwind instructor at Fort Hays State Summer Band Camp; retired musician who was the first to receive a master's degree in clarinet performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., was a noted jazz saxophonist and classical music performer with the Mid-Kansas Orchestra in Newton, Kan., various Bethel College groups, as well as in local churches and recitals with local musicians; WWII veteran who served as a medic in the U.S. Army and also performed with various military music ensembles, Nov. 29, 2013, North Newton, Kan.

Dee Baxter '63, retired industrial educator whose career included positions at Wichita's East High School and the Wichita Area Vocational School, and who, as director of the Dunbar Adult Center, was honored with the 1991 Outstanding Adult Basic Education Director Award; veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Oct. 19, 2013, Derby, Kan.

Helen J. (Barney) Beckham '68, elementary education graduate and retired teacher, Jan. 17, 2014, Newton, Kan.

Betty J. (James) Bernstorf fs '46, retired federal civil service worker whose career included positions in procurement with the U.S. Air Force, in medical supply for the Veterans Administration and in regional accounting and engineering with the U.S. Postal Service; former chair of the Fourth District Republican Central Committee (1982-83) and vice chair of the Sedgwick County Republican Central Committee (1980-82), Oct. 31, 2013, Wichita.

Garfield "Gar" D. Bethel '59/65, poet whose collections of poetry include Dust, Rivers and Stars, Here Chick There Chick and Small Wonder; poet-in-residence whose many projects included work in schools in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Georgia, Iowa, Oklahoma and Kansas; retired English educator who taught at a number of high schools, universities and colleges, including Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., from which he retired, Feb. 14, 2014, Winfield.

Michael L. Bettega '69, retired director of engineering support at Amdahl Corp. in Sunnyvale, Calif.; Vietnam War veteran who served in the U.S. Army; WSU economics graduate, Oct. 20, 2013, Milpitas, Calif.Thomas R. Blanton '73/76, administration of justice graduate who retired from the Wichita Police Department and from Boeing after working for 20 years at each, Feb. 21, 2014, Wichita.

Arden W. Bloedel '65, WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Navy; aeronautical engineering graduate who worked at Cessna as an engineer and a pilot for 35 years before going to work at Boeing, from which he retired at the age of 73, Feb. 22, 2014, Derby, Kan.

Mary J. (Krueck) Bond '88, retired teacher of the hearing impaired at public schools in Derby, Kan., Jan. 10, 2014, Wichita.

Ricky "Rick" D. Bowden '80, political science graduate who served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1985-1993; retired Kansas State High School Activities Association official who served as the state's chief administrator for football, wrestling, baseball, softball, and track and field; former teacher and coach at Goddard (Kan.) High School, who also taught at Wichita West and the Downtown Law, Public and Social Service Magnet High School in Wichita; veteran of the U.S. Army, Sept. 26, 2013, Waverly, Neb.

Raymond "Ray" L. Branch '80, retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant and health care administration graduate whose career included administrative positions at a number of adult-care centers, including Hillhaven-Wichita, a subsidiary of National Medical Enterprises Inc., Feb. 25, 2014, Wichita.

James "Jim" C. Brant fs '54, farmer, retired district administrator for the Kansas Farm Bureau, Korean War veteran who served in the U.S. Army, Jan. 8, 2014, Isabel, Kan.

S. Craig Brauer '95, farmer and business administration graduate who formerly worked at Cargill Salt in Hutchinson, Kan., Feb. 28, 2014, Haven, Kan.

Geneva L. (Beim) Burton '93, retired manager at Boeing Military in Wichita, where she worked for more than 30 years and became one of the first women managers; anthropology graduate who directed the WSU anthropology lab for several years, Sept. 14, 2013, Cary, N.C.

Thomas V. Butkus '68, retired IBM human resources manager whose career spanned 30 years of work at several company centers in, among others, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Chicago, as well as multiple headquarter locations in Westchester County, N.Y., Dec. 30, 2013, Arapahoe, N.C.

Robert A. Butler '80, vice president of Vitran Trucking, Southwest Region, March 16, 2014, Derby, Kan.

James "Jim" R. Byrne '83/92, co-owner of Benchmark Homes in Andover, Kan., Nov. 27, 2013, Augusta, Kan.

Garry O. Carson '69/71, retired businessman, entrepreneur and real estate developer who served in the U.S. Army Security Agency until 1967 and whose varied business undertakings and positions included serving as vice president of development for Jack P. DeBoer Associates Inc. and as owner of Carson & Co. Real Estate; Carson-Russell Construction; Golf Park East & West; and Carson & Co. Investments, Oct. 25, 2013, Wichita.

Marceil "Marci" E. (Welsh) Chandler '67/68, secondary education graduate who earned both bachelor's and master's degrees from Wichita State, where she was a member of the debate team; retired property manager for Fidelity Management and Builders Inc. in Wichita, Oct. 27, 2013, Wichita.

George J. Clemence '51, World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1942-48; retired Boeing lab technician with 31 years of service, Sept. 7, 2013, Sarasota, Fla.

Gail N. Blum '59, retired banker who worked in finance and banking for more than 35 years in a number of banks, including Kansas State Bank, Overbrook, Kan.; Kaw Valley State Bank & Trust Co. and Merchants National Bank, both in Topeka, Kan.; Bank of Healdton, Healdton, Okla.; and Boulevard State Bank, Wichita, Sept. 19, 2013, Conway Springs, Kan.

Charles D. Coffey '74, retired Cessna Aircraft labor relations manager and avid antique collector, Aug. 26, 2013, Wichita.

Devery D. (Dettweiler) Corteville '80, computer operator and musician who was a member of Claddagh Ring, a band that specialized in Celtic music, Sept. 10, 2013, Wichita.

Jerry D. Cox '59, accounting graduate, lawn services owner, Korean War veteran who served in the U.S. Army, Dec. 18, 2013, Haysville, Kan.

Darrell J. Crocker '63/68, educational software company owner, educational computer specialist and retired teacher and administrator at elementary schools in Wichita and San Francisco, Jan. 24, 2014, Wichita.

Walter A. Cunningham '40, retired owner of Cunningham Carpet & Drapery Co., Jan. 14, 2014, Wichita.

Patricia J. (Agee) Cuplin '51, homemaker and former teacher who taught English and drama and served as a cheerleading coach, Aug. 26, 2013, Oklahoma City, Okla.

J. Lawrence "Larry" Davidson '60/73, Vietnam War veteran who served as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, former marketing staff member at Cessna Aircraft and Boeing in Wichita, former owner of Four Flags Trading Co. in Wichita, Feb. 28, 2014, Lawrence, Kan.

Linda J. Day '97, social worker who worked for a time in London, England, and in Kansas for Youthville and the Salvation Army, March 5, 2014, Augusta, Kan.

A. William Dirks '54, WWII veteran who served as a frogman in the U.S. Navy, retired educator whose 40-year career included 28 years with Wichita public schools – including working as principal at Price Elementary School and later serving as director of federal programs and then as director of research, planning and development for the school system – and being a Fulbright Scholar in Italy and the Netherlands, Feb. 22, 2014, Wichita.

Virgil R. Dirks '56, founding director at Markoma Bible Academy in Tahlequah, Okla., where he also served from 1966-69 as counselor and choral director of both junior high and senior high choral groups, taking them to special honors under his direction; former dean of students at Grace University in Omaha, Neb., Sept. 19, 2013, Tahlequah.

Roberta J. (Cornwell) Dunn '43, University of Wichita journalism major who served as managing editor of The Sunflower, homemaker and retired teacher who taught English and journalism and supervised the school newspaper at Kent-Meridian High School in Kent, Wash., Sept. 28, 2013, Renton, Wash.

Kenneth R. Edsall '49, WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Army, attorney whose legal career focused on utility law working in the company offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., of the Pacific Lighting Corp., from which he retired as vice president and general counsel, Sept. 3, 2013, Sandy, Utah.

Alan R. Elcrat, mathematics and statistics professor at Wichita State, where he was recognized in 2000 with the Excellence in Research award for his work that focused on, as he explained at the time, "fluid flows past spheres with vortices," adding that finding exact solutions to the equations of motions is a difficult, exacting process, Dec. 20, 2013, Wichita.

Toby Elster '48/50, WWII and Korean War veteran who served as a fighter pilot; author of The Clouds, the Sky and I, which chronicles his adventures and tribulations as a pilot in two wars; oil and natural gas exploration geologist and president of Geological Services Inc. in Wichita, Jan. 9, 2014, Wichita.

Michele L. Erickson '06, nursing graduate, March 12, 2014, Wichita.

Ronald E. Forquer '63, veteran of the U.S. Army, retired mechanical engineer who began his career at Boeing in Wichita and retired after nearly 33 years from McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis, Mo., where he worked in the aerospace program, Dec. 7, 2013, McAllen, Texas.

John E. Fortner '73, owner of Heritage Door Wood Working Manufacturing Co. in Wichita, former Wichita Police Department officer and loss verifier for the Office of Disaster Assistance, Aug. 28, 2013, Wichita.

Adrian A. Freeman '49, secondary education graduate and retired teacher who taught for 25 years at Wichita public schools, Dec. 29, 2013, Bartlesville, Okla.

Joseph A. Fuller '48, WWII veteran who served as a Douglas R4D navigator in the South Pacific Combat Air Transport command of the USMC Marine Air Group 25, retired chemist who worked for many years at Chevron Research and Standard Oil of California, Dec. 9, 2013, Santa Barbara, Calif.

Virginia J. (Dittert) Fry '79, homemaker, elementary education graduate and retired teacher, Oct. 12, 2013, Wichita.

Catherine "Cathie" A. (Evans) Geiger '62, homemaker and retired medical technologist who worked at the Palo Alto Clinic in Palo Alto, Calif., Sept. 16, 2013, Reno, Nev.

George G. Goldsmith '70, psychology graduate and computer programmer at Boeing, Oct. 7, 2013, Wichita.

Daniel J. Graham '66, art (painting) graduate also active in ROTC at Wichita State; retired U.S. Air Force captain whose military career included service in Germany and at many locations in the United States, including Bergstrom Air Force Base near Austin, Texas, and Luke AFB in Phoenix, Ariz.; retired educator at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Ariz., Aug. 27, 2013, Prescott.

Mary (Wright) Greene '84, homemaker, Sept. 23, 2013, Wichita.

Douglas E. Greenwood '82, senior vice president of commercial banking at Emprise Bank in Wichita, former senior vice president of private banking at Bank of America, also in Wichita, Oct. 17, 2013, Goddard, Kan.

Goldabelle (Noland) Gregg '57, instrumental music graduate and co-owner of Terra Miranda Resort, Monkey Island, Okla., Nov. 21, 2013, Grove, Okla.

Emmet E. "Gene" Hall '48, WWII veteran who enlisted in the U.S. Army Aviation Cadets and later served in the 8th Air Force stationed in England, retired CPA who worked for a number of oil and gas producers and drillers before retiring from Zenith Drilling Corp. in 1988, Jan 16, 2014, Wichita.

Russell "Russ" E. Hamker II '67/69, retired human resources supervisor at Beechcraft, where he worked for 37 years; former business and computer programming instructor at Newman University, Dec. 16, 2013, Wichita.

Hugh E. Hanagan '49, retired geologist and president of Hanagan Petroleum Corp. based in Roswell, N.M.; former Pauley Petroleum geologist who worked on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico; former Phillips Petroleum Co. geologist who worked on the first well drilled by Phillips in Alaska; WWII veteran who served as a radar technician in the U.S. Army Air Corps with the 314th Bomb Wing in the Pacific Theater, Nov. 10, 2013, Roswell.

Rodney A. Hansen '92, business administration graduate and Sedgwick County appraiser, Nov. 26, 2013, Wichita.

John J. Hartman, professor emeritus of sociology at Wichita State, from which he retired in 1997 after 29 years of service, including serving as department chair for 15 years, Jan. 25, 2014, Springfield, Mo.

David Haselwood ’53, English language and literature graduate who was the editor of the first three issues of the Sunflower Literary Review (1954); U.S. Army veteran who completed a tour of duty in Germany; publisher of the Auerhahn Press, which printed the works of such Beat writers as Burroughs, Lamantia, McClure, Olson, Whalen, Ginsberg, and others; Buddhist monk, Dec. 30, 2014, Cotati, Calif.

Dean A. Hatfield '47/49, mathematics graduate who taught high school math for three years before joining the National Security Agency, Washington, D.C., and working as a systems analyst until his retirement in 1978; recipient of the Meritorious Civilian Service Award presented by the NSA; WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, Nov. 9, 2013, Lee's Summit, Mo.

Kevin J. Hemberger '01, Learjet contract design engineer, Sept. 15, 2013, Wichita.

J. Dale Henry '49, WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Navy; physical education graduate who as a WU student served as sports editor of The Sunflower; former teacher and coach at Kansas high schools in Haven, Conway Springs and Kansas City; formerly with McCormick Mathers Publishing in Wichita; former Kansas regional director of the National Conference of Christians and Jews; retired director of resident assessment programs for American College Testing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; former assistant men's swim coach at the University of Iowa, Aug. 23, 2013, Shreveport, La.

Darrell D. Hill '55/61, an all-conference tackle from the University of Wichita's Missouri Valley championship football team of 1954; former science teacher and football and wrestling coach at a number of public schools in Kansas and in Duncan, Okla., who, after receiving a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma, began in administration as an assistant principal in Norman, Okla., later serving as principal in Ada, Okla., and as superintendent in Blackwell, Okla., Miami, Okla., and Yukon, Okla., where he retired in 1995 with 40 years of experience in education, Feb. 19, 2014, Yukon, Okla.

Vinita E. (Hood) Hoffman '50/72, retired educator who taught in public schools in Wichita and Hutchinson, Kan., for 38 years, Jan. 7, 2014, Sun City, Ariz.

Wayne J. Holmstrom '65, WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Navy; former second tenor in Bethany College's quartet The Pitch Pipers; retired vocal music teacher who taught at public schools in Sun City, Kan., Offerle, Kan., and at Wichita's Heights High School, where his choirs received top ratings at city and state music festivals, Dec. 13, 2013, Bel Aire, Kan.

Edwin C. Houston '53, retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel who was an engineer and project manager in the space and missile program at Norton AFB; former engineer who worked for the County of San Bernardino Special Districts to develop water and sewer systems in the California high desert and mountains, Dec. 22, 2013, Redlands, Calif.

Orvie L. Howell '54, independent petroleum geologist who also worked as a staff geologist at Lion Oil Co., as regional geologist for Lario Oil and Gas Co., and as general manager and geologist at the Hinkle Oil Co. in Wichita, Nov. 15, 2013, Wichita.

Laura (Bate) Hubbard '49, homemaker and economics graduate who worked in accounting at Beech Aircraft for eight years and as an office manager at the Delivery Service Co. for 20 years, Sept. 29, 2013, Wichita.

Betty L. (Whited) Hull '46, homemaker and music graduate who once noted that her fondest memory of attending the University of Wichita was "meeting my husband there," Nov. 2, 2013, Lee's Summit, Mo.

Teresa J. (Hephner) Hull '79, retired microbiologist at the Robert J. Dole VA Hospital in Wichita, March 15, 2014, Andover, Kan.

Andrew G. Illidge '89, Rand Graphics employee and piano player at Wichita's Cowtown for 34 years, Nov. 12, 2013, Wichita.

Jeanette F. Ingham '84, retired legal secretary, Sept. 19, 2013, Wichita.

Harold "Hal" L. Jackson '43/46, retired research chemist at the Wilmington, Del., DuPont Experimental Station of the E.I. DuPont de Nemours Co., which he joined in 1949 and from which he retired in 1995, after his research in polymer, fluorocarbon and solvent chemistries resulted in more than 40 U.S. patents, Sept. 24, 2013, Hockessin, Del.

Charlotte E. (Bukkila) Jenkins '77, homemaker, Aug. 25, 2013, Las Vegas, Nev.

Jean L. (Floyd) Jensen '58, retired Chaparral High School teacher and English department chair, Oct. 4, 2013, Anthony, Kan.

Frank R. Johnson '61/67, retired music educator who also was director of the Winfield (Kan.) Municipal Band, Feb. 18, 2014, Winfield.

Richard R. Kaufman '85, retired teacher and coach at high schools in Middlebury, Ind., Nickerson., Kan., and Haven, Kan., Jan. 26, 2014, Moundridge, Kan.

Kevin E. Kennedy '82, former WSU marching band member, employer-benefits insurance sales manager, Sept. 19, 2013, Lenexa, Kan.

John "Jack" N. Kinderknecht '56/68, WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Navy, owner and operator of Kinderknecht Printing, former Boeing employee and South High School teacher, Jan. 27, 2014, Wichita.

Geneva S. (Isbill) Kindrick '86, homemaker, retired teacher, volunteer organizer for Prairie Wind Storytellers, Jan. 20, 2014, Wichita.

Helon (Truster) King '64, homemaker, retired elementary school teacher Sept. 7, 2013, Wichita.

Tom Kinkaid '42, retired rancher with Kinkaid Brothers Ranch Co. and Kinkaid Cattle Co.; WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Navy as an ensign on the USS Windsor, an attack transport in the Pacific Theater; former Shocker basketball player and member of the WU track team; former WSU Alumni Association board member, Oct. 2, 2013, Wichita.

Donald C. Klos '78, former Shocker football player and retired U.S. Army, March 5, 2014, Cedar Grove, N.J.

Paula L. Knabe '72, doctor of osteopathic medicine who practiced in Muskegon, Mich., and was an assistant clinical professor at Michigan State University before being named, in 2002, associate director of family practice and osteopathic medicine at Wichita's Via Christi Medical Center, Aug. 31, 2013, Wichita.

Shirley K. Lake '63, retired speech therapist in a number of Kansas public elementary schools, Feb. 25, 2014, Leavenworth, Kan.

Lynn D. Lauver '83, retired U.S. Army who served 20 years and retired attorney who practiced at Patton & Patton, Attorneys at Law, and then at his own firm, both in Topeka, Kan., Nov. 7, 2013, Topeka.

John W. LeBosquet '75, retired Boeing Military systems analyst manager, Oct. 3, 2013, Wichita.

Marian L. (Hayson) Lowe '94, creative writing grad, homemaker, Dec. 6, 2013, Humble, Texas.

Robert T. Manning '50/50, retired physician and educator; WWII veteran who served in the Army Air Corps, Sept. 10, 2013, Katy, Texas.

Valerie A. Marsters '71/82, former teacher in Newton, Kan., Valley Center, Kan., and Haysville, Kan.; Cobblestone Gallery owner, March 16, 2014, Wichita.

Ronald "Ron" J. Mayo Jr. '59, U.S. Navy veteran and retired teacher and football, track and wrestling coach at public schools in Chase County, Kan., Nov. 7, 2013, Elmdale, Kan.

Gerald R. Maxwell '53, retired Learjet security officer, Sept. 23, 2013, Wichita.

Gary W. McClellan '95, drummer and percussionist who was a 15-year member of the Cessna Jazz Band, vocalist who sang with the Wichita Choral Society and Wichita Symphony Chorus, retired Wichita Clinic staff member and retired Boeing employee, Sept. 20, 2013, Wichita.

Ronald R. McEnulty '53, veteran of the U.S. Army who served as a member of the 11th Airborne paratroopers during the occupation of Japan; U.S. Air Force Reserve lieutenant colonel who served as judge advocate general; retired attorney, Dec. 10, 2013, Wichita.

Deborah L. (Johnson) Mosier '88, retired elementary, middle and high school teacher, Dec. 14, 2013, Hutchinson, Kan.

Wilbur Nash Jr. '69, U.S. Marine Corps veteran; former stereotyper at newspapers, including the Wichita Eagle Beacon; retired director of admissions at Louisville General Hospital and University of Louisville Hospital; real estate agent, June 30, 2013, New Albany, Ind.

Frieda (Unger) Nickel '75, retired German and English teacher at North High School in Wichita, Sept. 3, 2013, Moundridge, Kan.

Joyce J. (Allison) Nichols '51, homemaker, Dec. 30, 2013, Baton Rouge, La.

Dennis P. O'Neil '94, former teacher and Mental Health Association employee, Nov. 17, 2013, Wichita.

Dixie G. (Neagle) Simpson Orth '50, homemaker and retired Gift Gallery owner, March 5, 2014, Kingman, Kan.

Amanual J. "A.J." Overton Jr. '55, Kansas Air Force National Guard veteran who served during the Korean War; retired design engineer who worked for a number of corporations, including Boeing, General Electric and the Digital Equipment Corp.; recipient of the Adept Robotic Pioneer Award for his work in robotics, Sept. 21, 2013, Worcester, Mass.

Terry G. Paup '60, retired attorney who practiced law in the District of Columbia and in Kansas, former Federal Trade Commission lawyer specializing in price-discrimination cases, Sept. 27, 2013, Washington, D.C.

Jeffrey D. Porter '76, CPA at Godfrey & Hay in Liberal, Kan., and Ulysses, Kan., and at Jeff Porter CPA, Oct. 2, 2013, Ulysses, Kan.

Catherine I. (Stover) Pottorff '81, retired teacher at public schools in Douglass, Kan., Dec. 14, 2013, Douglass.

Iola Fern Russell '87/02, retired accounting specialist for financial operations at Wichita State, Jan. 31, 2014, Sedgwick, Kan.

Larry S. Rutenbeck '79, senior analyst in information technology infrastructure implementation at Boeing, Oct. 15, 2013, Wichita.

T. Merton Rymph '51, minister emeritus of Greenwich Parish, Greenwich, Conn., and former pastor at congregational churches in Anthony, Kan., Omaha, Neb., and Wichita, Aug. 10, 2013, Lisbon, N.H.

Jane M. (Harvey) Sallada '40, retired English and home economics teacher, Dec. 22, 2013, Fairfield, Ohio.

Paul A. Samaras '75, retired teacher and track coach at Mt. Carmel High School in Poway, Calif., July 21, 2013, Poway.

Beverly D. (Meldrum) Sarver '50, homemaker and retired Wichita Flour Mills cereal chemist, Sept. 27, 2013, Wichita.

Charles E. Schropp '50, WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Navy, retired elevator-industry employee, Oct. 26, 2013, Birmingham, Ala.

William M. Scott '85, finance graduate who worked in the oil and gas industry for such companies as Burlington Resources and ConocoPhillips, Sept. 19, 2013, Houston.

Terry D. Sellards '64, retired journalist whose career included work as a reporter at the Wichita Eagle and as editor of Berkeley and Richmond newspapers in California, of Sing Tao's English-language daily The Standard in Hong Kong and the Endangered Species magazine in Australia, March 5, 2014, San Francisco, Calif.

Truman L. Shinn '55/63, captain of the track team his senior year at the University of Wichita, retired educator, coach and farmer, Jan. 20, 2014, Conway Springs, Kan.

William "Bill" K. Skillman '50/53, trombone player and jazz devotee who was a member of several bands; WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Army as a sharpshooter and combat engineer; public relations officer at KG&E and for the city of Wichita; instrumental sales staff member at a number of Wichita music stores; Feb. 19, 2014, Wichita.

Emmadean A. (Orvis) Squire '38, homemaker, former antique dealer and collector, and longtime resident of Old Greenwich, Conn., Nov. 7, 2013, Lake Oswego, Ore.

Zoralee (Goldstein) Steinberg '41, campaign manager for a Colorado governor and a district attorney; founding director of the Denver DA's Diversion Effort, a student jury system that received national attention; retired secretary-treasurer at Federal Planning Mill, her husband Zellman's architectural manufacturing plant, Jan. 30, 2014, Tucson, Ariz.

Nathan C. TenClay '06, Senior Honor Man at WSU, former Koral Financial retirement investments planner, Aug. 27, 2013, Derby, Kan.

Robert "Robbie" B. Thompson '81/81, former petroleum geologist; former owner of the Council Grove Marina; Union Pacific Railroad conductor and engineer, Dec. 25, 2013, Council Grove, Kan.

Walt H. Thompson '62, retired Cessna Aircraft project engineer, March 11, 2014, Wichita.

Gary L. Tiller '69/87, retired Kingman Community Hospital CEO, Jan. 1, 2014, Kingman, Kan.

Gary H. Toops, WSU professor of Russian and linguistics who joined the faculty in 1989, studied Russian at universities in Leningrad, Moscow and Petrozavodsk, served as book review editor for language linguistics on the editorial staff of Canadian Slavonic Papers, and held degrees from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and Yale, from which he earned a doctorate in Russian and Slavic linguistics and early Slavic literature, Oct. 14, 2013, Wichita.

Barbara E. (Carle) VanSteinberg '57, homemaker and retired Wichita public elementary school teacher, Jan. 20, 2014, Wichita.

Cleon B. Waters '59, U.S. Navy veteran who served in the Pacific during WWII and stateside during the Korean War, retired manager of pipeline operations at Pennsylvania Power & Light, Jan. 18, 2014, Macungie, Pa.

Blaine E. Welton '70, former Navy Seal and Wesley Medical Center security supervisor, WSU track letterman, March 4, 2014, Wichita.

N. Rex Wheeler '71, woodworker, cabinetmaker, home builder, former teacher, April 5, 2013, Rogers, Ark.

Jessie H. (Neal) Whitaker '43, homemaker, former teacher and WU cheerleader, Nov. 25, 2013, Topeka, Kan.

Jim R. White '51, WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, letterman in football and baseball at WU, economics graduate who retired from Phillips Petroleum Co., Florida High School Athletic Association football official, Sept. 5, 2013, Bradenton, Fla.

Leta D. (Davenport) White '57, former teacher and speech pathologist, realtor at McGrew Real Estate Agency in Lawrence, Kan., Sept. 15, 2013, Lawrence.

Priscilla A. (Redus) Wofford '67/67, owner of PAR Management, a small business and property management consulting firm; former director of a rural community action program in Kansas, Nov. 18, 2013, University Park, Texas.

Charles W. Wurth '55, retired speech pathologist whose career included directing the Institute of Logopedics (now Heartspring) and serving as president and owner of Mid-America Health Centers, Jan. 18, 2014, Wichita.

Bonnie J. (Paisley) Zilliox '49, former vocal music teacher, retired secretary and alumni records assistant at Hanover College in Indiana, Feb. 24, 2013, Madison, Ind.

Robert E. Zilliox '51, retired Hanover College reference librarian and archivist, former high school band teacher and librarian, Feb. 23, 2013, Madison, Ind.


Grains of Wheat

Lee R. Riley '42 went to school in a one-room schoolhouse before graduating from Lamar (Colo.) High School and then living with his sister in Wichita while going to college.

Calm in the Chaos

Ken Landwehr '04, the retired Wichita Police Department lieutenant credited with helping solve more than 600 homicides over the course of his 35-year career, was described by a fellow detective as always being "the calm in the chaos."

A Scholar's Life

Born in Russia in 1921, Cornelius John "C.J." Dyck '55 immigrated to Canada with his family when he was 5 years old.

Powerful Presence

Melvin L. Davis '55 was born in Wichita, grew up in his childhood home on East 3rd Street, was educated at every level in Wichita schools and graduated from the University of Wichita with a bachelor's degree in business.

Freedom Bird

W. Stephen Hathaway, professor emeritus of English, taught creative writing and American literature at WSU from 1974-2012.

Elite Circle

An accounting graduate of the University of Wichita who served as president of Pi Alpha Pi during his student days, Ernest L. Balay '53 proved to be a lifelong supporter and contributor to his Alma Mater.

A First Lady

Morita M. (Crymes) Bateman, retired associate professor of finance, real estate and decision sciences at Wichita State, was a first lady in multiple ways.

Proud Shocker

Allen "Al" B. Taylor '54 was a running back on the University of Wichita's Shocker football team, before graduating with a bachelor's degree in physical education and going into military service with the U.S. Army.

In Memoriam

Leaving lasting legacies are these Wichita State University alumni and friends.