Spring 2012

In Memoriam

Jenny M. Abla '71, retired Boeing employee, American studies graduate, Sept. 27, 2011, Wichita.

Kenneth L. Adams '50, retired high school vice principal, former history teacher, public school guidance counselor and director, World War II U.S. Army veteran, serving as a master sergeant in the judicial government services in Korea, June 5, 2011, Warrington, Pa.

Francis J. Allen II '73, Vietnam War veteran who served in the U.S. Army, retired hospital security staff member and author of the military history book Concrete Battleship: Fort Drum, El Fraile Island, Manila Bay, Oct. 16, 2011, York, Pa.

Mary P. (Mahaffey) Anderson '91, social worker, therapist and member of Canine Assistance Rehabilitation and Education Services, Oct. 8, 2011, Fayetteville, Ark.

William C. Anderson '59, partner at Enviro-Klean Co. and Starlite Park in Fluvanna County, Va.; retired lobbyist for the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Independent Petroleum Association of America; retired political staffer who held numerous positions, including chief of staff to New Jersey Congressman Jim Saxton, Oct. 25, 2011, Lake Monticello, Va.

Larry J. Austin '52, U.S. Army cryptographer who served during the Korean War, former NCO in charge of athletics and recreation for the 97th Signal Battalion in Germany, former attorney with the Missouri law firm of Deacy & Deacy and partner at Wallace, Saunders, Austin, Brown & Enochs in Overland Park, Kan., Sept. 1, 2011, Leawood, Kan.

Jeanette D. (Taylor) Beiter '59/62, retired high school choral director and professional singer who performed as a soprano soloist with the Norman Luboff Chorale, the William Hall Chorale, the Roger Wagner Chorale and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, June 21, 2011, Temecula, Calif.

John D. Born, WSU associate professor emeritus of history whose academic specialty was early American history, author of many papers and reviews about the American Revolution and Thomas Paine, seminar and workshop leader on military history, former WSU Graduate School assistant dean, Oct. 26, 2011, Waxahachie, Texas.

Charles N. Brown '64, president and owner of Reno County Abstract and Title in Hutchinson, Kan., former president of Salt City Federal Savings and Loan Association and First Federal Savings and Loan, U.S. Navy veteran who served as a helicopter pilot, Oct. 23, 2011, Hutchinson.

Paula R. (Lightner) Bruce '92, homemaker, private pilot, accomplished horsewoman and longtime hospital volunteer, Nov. 1, 2011, Wichita.

Kurt J. Budke '87, Oklahoma State University head women's basketball coach who died in a plane crash while on a recruiting trip, Nov. 17, 2011, Stillwater, Okla. Budke, who earned a master's degree in PE at WSU, coached basketball at a number of schools — including Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, where he led his teams to four national championships in six years, and Louisiana Tech, where he coached the Techsters to an 80-16 record and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances — before taking up head coaching duties in 2005 at Oklahoma State, where he compiled a 112-83 record.

Harry H. Burgess '60, saxophonist, vocalist, former U.S. Army musician, and woodwind instrument repair technician in Kansas, Texas, California and Oklahoma, Sept. 28, 2011, Edmond, Okla.

Max H. Burgoyne '51, retired Boy Scout executive, former Boeing vendor cost analyst, former Beech Aircraft employee and WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Navy as a pharmacist mate, first class, in the Pacific, Nov. 6, 2011, Wichita.

Judith A. (Bevan) Marsteller Burris '93/01, director of the Towanda Public Library, Towanda, Kan., and former English teacher at Augusta High School, Augusta, Kan., and North High School, Wichita, Aug. 18, 2011, Augusta.

John C. Cantrell '90, independent contractor at Cantrell Bros. Painting Service, Oct. 27, 2011, Wichita.

Paul D. Carrick '72, retired accountant and U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, Nov. 23, 2011, Derby, Kan.

Leonard M. Chaffee, retired professor of educational administration and dean of the WSU College of Education, Oct. 3, 2011, Wichita. Chaffee, who earned his doctorate in educational administration from Ohio State University, came to Wichita State in 1967 from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was director of teacher education. During his 23 years at WSU, he was involved in all levels of teaching, including the doctoral program, and was dean for two decades. Before entering higher education, Chaffee served in various teaching and administrative capacities in public schools. At the time of his retirement in 1990, he reflected, "If I look at enjoyments that have come over the years, certainly they relate to having played a role in providing an environment within which faculty could function effectively and within which students could learn."

Joe R. Chalker '67, retired educator who was superintendent of schools at Marmaton Valley, Moran, Kan.; first director of the ANW Special Education Cooperative, Iola, Kan.; former elementary school teacher and elementary school and high school principal; former adjunct instructor at Fort Scott Community College, Butler County Community College in El Dorado, Kan., and Allen County Community College in Iola, Aug. 23, 2011, Moran, Kan.

Paul W. Clark fs '80, retired district court judge, private practice attorney, former assistant district attorney in the Sedgwick County DA's office, Wichita, Aug. 12, 2011, Mulvane, Kan.

Nikki F. Clavin '88, middle school counselor, Nov. 6, 2011, Wichita.

Phyllis J. (Kinder) Clayton '68, retired Wichita State physical plant employee and master gardener, July 16, 2011, Lawrence, Kan.

Barbara J. (Hattan) Coats '48, former director of volunteers at the Denver Public Library and for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program in Yakima, Wash., former child psychology teacher, Oct. 13, 2011, Billings, Mont.

Donald E. Crowl '60, retired U.S. marshal for the Northern District of Oklahoma; retired U.S. Secret Service agent whose duties at Secret Service headquarters and the White House included the protection of six U.S. presidents (Lyndon Johnson through George H.W. Bush) before becoming the resident agent in charge of the Tulsa, Okla., office; community leader, Nov. 14, 2011, Tulsa.

Hibbard G. Davis '63, self-employed Fuller Brush and Harper Brush distributor, editorialist, candidate for public office, former investigative aide at the Civil Service Commission offices in St. Louis, Nov. 18, 2011, Wichita.

Lowell K. Dirksen '55, retired Washburn University assistant professor who taught engineering, physics and astronomy; former instructor at Clemson University in South Carolina, Sept. 18, 2011, Haltom City, Texas.

M. Kay Durham '89, homemaker, weaver, Nov. 14, 2011, Wichita.

Joan (Bond) Edwards '47, retired teacher, Nov. 11, 2011, Wichita.

George F. Enterline '51, retired city and county inspector, construction sales representative and WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Army, Sept. 10, 2011, Wichita.

Megan E. (Debes) Escalante '10, hospital lab tech, Sept. 6, 2011, Hoisington, Kan.

W. Kress Fall '87, general manager of Parklane Towers Inc., Oct. 19, 2011, Wichita.

Gerald Feese '42, WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Army, retired orchestra director and professor of music at Kearney State College in Kearney, Neb., retired private string instructor who was recognized by the American String Teachers Association as the 1999 Outstanding Private Teacher, former member of the Kearney Symphony Orchestra, Feb. 26, 2011, Kearney.

William "Bill" R. Fennell '55, retired independent petroleum geologist, Jan. 28, 2011, Oklahoma City.

Barry L. Fiedler '70/72, psychologist at the Ozark Mental Health Center in Joplin, Mo., former private-practice psychologist and U.S. Air Force veteran, July 12, 2011, Joplin.

Hugh K. Frederick Jr. '50, retired banker who began his career at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York and worked at a number of banks in Texas, including the El Paso-based American Bank of Commerce, where he retired in 1991 as board chairman and CEO; U.S. Army veteran who fought in WWII's Battle of the Bulge and, during the Korean War, was stationed in the Far East Command, Feb. 14, 2011, El Paso.

Claudette (Walk) Freeman '61/76/76, retired Wichita elementary public school teacher who lived for more than a decade overseas in Germany and then Liberia, West Africa, where her husband was a broadcaster for the Voice of America, Oct. 7, 2011, Wichita.

John Frezza '53, retired U.S. Air Force hospital administrator, Vietnam War veteran and former University of Wichita letterman in baseball and football, Sept. 20, 2011, Swansea, Ill.

Roy D. "Rocky" Fund '78, Kansas representative serving his third term, Rural Water District No. 3 district manager, farrier, former teacher and coach at Royal Valley and Jackson Heights schools, April 28, 2011, Topeka, Kan.

Arlee (Vermillion) Funk '48, homemaker, Nov. 10, 2011, Oklahoma City.

Vivian M. (Koehn) Fury '51, retired Phillips Petroleum senior accounting analyst, former Girl Scout leader, member of the Bartlesville Community Singers and other vocal groups, March 11, 2011, Bartlesville, Okla.

Owen J. Gabbert Jr. '60, retired Southwestern Bell accounting supervisor, WWII and Korean War veteran, Oct. 16, 2011, Cape Fair, Mo.

Shirley (Walker) Gabrielson '76, retired high school journalism teacher, Sept. 18, 2011, Wichita.

Janice "Jan" S. (Simpson) Gornick '86, retired high school English teacher and department chair who was a 1989 Wichita Eagle All-Star Teacher, Oct. 27, 2011, Wichita.

G. Richard "Dick" Gottschalk '32, retired estate affairs director at Cornell University and private nonprofit consultant; former director of Peaceful Application of Atomic Energy with the Atomic Energy Commission; former commissioner of education for the city of Syracuse, N.Y.; former president of the Center for Applied Research in Education, Washington, D.C.; former executive consultant for Tulane University, the New York Hospital and Cornell Medical Center; breeder of pinto horses at his Tenderden Ranch near Skaneateles, N.Y., Oct. 24, 2007, Skaneateles.

D. Dean Grice '68, writer, poet, cattle rancher and broadcast engineer/announcer, professor emeritus of psychology at Western Kentucky University, Oct. 21, 2011, Nashville, Tenn.

Robert L. Guesby '73, retired middle school shop teacher, guidance counselor, U.S. Navy veteran, Sept. 24, 2011, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Wilma J. Stanford Harber '73/77, retired middle school science teacher and elementary school teacher and counselor, March 19, 2011, Burrton, Kan.

Lula M. Hardy '68/73, former special education teacher who, in 1976, developed the first autistic program in the Wichita public school system, Nov. 8, 2011, Wichita.

Tom E. Hartman '49, retired Boeing program manager and former WU spirit squad member, Sept. 13, 2011, Bel Aire, Kan.

Ronny J. Hazen '79, former ETS printer and former owner of Action Pawn Shop, Nov. 1, 2011, Wichita.

Mark B. Heaton '84, Cessna supplier management specialist for Citation parts and distribution, Aug. 25, 2011, Wichita.

Jennifer R. (Timmermeyer) Heckel '08, homemaker and Kroger human resources group leader, June 14, 2011, Hutchinson, Kan.

LeRoy E. Heidebrecht '57, partner at the CPA firm of Heidebrecht, Howell & Nelson in McPherson, Kan., and former director of finance at Harvest Brand Inc., Pittsburg, Kan., March 12, 2011, McPherson.

Jennifer E. (King) Helling '89, vocalist and former high school English and drama teacher, July 10, 2011, Salina, Kan.

Don W. Henrichs '67/71, retired Wichita public school teacher and WWII Air Force veteran, Sept. 24, 2011, Wichita.

Robert E. Hetzler '62, retired engineer who worked as a wind tunnel test engineer at McDonnell Douglas, an agricultural engineer at Northern Great Plains Research Center, a results engineer at Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. and an environmental engineer in North Dakota; self-employed car and tractor restorer, Aug. 8, 2011, Mandan, N.D.

Rex C. Higgins '60, retired U.S. Air Force major with 21 years of service as a navigator, weapons controller and air operations officer, July 21, 2011, Mesa, Ariz.

D. Dwayne Hobson '83, former WSU football and track letterman, Aug. 11, 2011, Kansas City, Kan.

Eula I. Holcomb, homemaker and retired WSU athletic business office secretary, Oct. 22, 2011, Kechi, Kan.

Jeanette R. (Timmcke) Holmes '67, former Wichita State anthropology lecturer, former private duty nurse and assistant director of nurses at the Hospital of American Samoa in Pago Pago, retired Levy Special Education Center nurse and psychiatric staff nurse at St. Joseph Medical Center in Wichita, social and political activist who was appointed to the Kansas Governor's Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (1973-74) and was elected to the Wichita Board of Education (1969-73), March 2, Chicago, Ill.

Lorna R. Holmes '83, former high school English and speech teacher and vocational coordinator, Sept. 24, 2011, El Dorado, Kan.

Jesse D. Horton '58, retired mud engineer, owner of Horton Mud Service, farmer and U.S. Army veteran who served during the Korean War, May 26, 2011, Liberal, Kan.

Douglas S. Huffman '76, business administration graduate, July 28, 2011, Wichita.

Mary Ellen (Smither) Hull '42/47, former public school speech therapist and special education teacher, retired assistant director of special education in the Poudre, Colo., public school system, Sept. 30, 2011, Fort Collins, Colo.

Ronald E. Ingram '68, retired mechanical engineer with a 28-year career at Northern Natural Gas/Inter-North/Enron, Aug. 26, 2011, Omaha, Neb.

Vernon K. Jacobs '62, retired CPA, founding editor of Tax Angles, a tax advisory newsletter, and founder of Offshore Press, a publishing company specializing in international tax issues, Aug. 26, 2011, Prairie Village, Kan.

Ruby Ann (Winsor) Johnson '86, homemaker, CPA and office manager at the Johnson Family Chiropractic Clinic in Oklahoma City, Nov. 15, 2011, Edmond, Okla.

Connie J. (Lowe) Jost '70/84, retired special education teacher, Aug. 22, 2011, Wichita.

Alice M. (Crippin) Keech '42, homemaker and talented seamstress, Aug. 13, 2011, Bel Aire, Kan.

Bernard "Bernie" T. Keegan, friend of the university, retired executive director of material and plant services at St. Joseph Medical Center, former scuba diving instructor, WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Navy and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, among other honors, for his combat missions in flying weather reconnaissance for the atomic bomb, Aug. 8, 2011, Wichita.

Harold D. Kochenderfer '53, retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel who was recognized for developing the standardization program for the 389th Strategic Missile Wing and who also supervised operational readiness training for launch crews of the 566th Strategic Missile Squadron; former controller, then director of the Visiting Nurses Association of Inland Counties, based in Riverside, Calif., July 10, 2011, Dana Point, Calif.

V. Patricia (Kirk) Kraft '72, homemaker and retired elementary school teacher, July 7, 2011, Wichita.

Dale W. Krueger '76, Clearlake Community School teacher, Oct. 10, 2011, Middletown, Calif.

Delmar A. KUhlman '59, retired restaurateur who founded and built Wichita's original Scotch & Sirloin Club and whose other ventures included Mr. Dunderbak's and the Gourmet 500 Diet Program; inventor of the Heartwatch FatSkimmer, for which he was presented the American Heart Association's Community Service Award; former Koch Industries accountant; and Naval Reservist who served two years in the Far East during the Korean War, Oct. 25, 2011, Wichita.

James J. Laird '68, retired state and federal administrator, former Cassell Truck Lines administrator, Oct. 27, 2011, Wichita.

Connie Landreth, WSU assistant director of human resources, Nov. 17, 2011, Wichita.

Margaret N. (McFarland) Lane '73, homemaker and retired social worker, Sept. 18, 2011, Palmdale, Calif.

Wesley V. Lauterbach '54, retired Lincoln Southeast High School principal selected in 1990 by the National School Center, the National Association of Elementary School Principals and the National Association of Secondary School Principals as one of 10 "Principals of Leadership"; former social studies and history teacher and vice principal at North High School in Wichita, Oct. 31, 2011, Lincoln, Neb.

Frank Lemke '50, U.S. Navy veteran and Standard Oil Co. business administrator, April 15, 2011, Crystal Lake, Ill.

Martha W. (Lallement) Lewis '49, homemaker, cookbook collector, Oct. 25, 2011, St. Charles, Mo.

Michael L. Lichtenberger '75, retired CPA, June 20, 2011, Yale, Okla.

Stephen D. Lindsey '67, retired administrator at Texas Instruments, Dallas, where he worked in a number of positions, including financial analyst and purchasing manager in marketing services for worldwide procurement and logistics, Jan. 27, 2011, Richardson, Texas.

Michele L. (Morrow) Loeb '99/02, Wichita public schools special education teacher, Nov. 12, 2011, Maize, Kan.

David Wen-tzong Luo '49, pastor, former missionary to Thailand and retired principal at the Bangkok Institute of Theology, July 24, 2011, Fort Worth, Texas.

Elza R. Maslen '58, retired Boeing personnel adviser and former Wichita Police Department employee, Nov. 21, 2011, Arkansas City, Kan.

Mark A. Mason '81, Boeing employee, member of the local Plumbers & Pipefitters Union, Aug. 14, 2011, Wichita.

Nancy "Nan" L. Massey '85, social work graduate, Sept. 16, 2011, Wichita.

Timothy "Tim" C. McGuigan, Kansas State Bank senior vice president and regional manager, former vice president at Bank IV in Wichita, friend of the university and Shocker sports fan who helped organize many WSU Alumni Association events and projects, including 1987's Fan-of-the-Game program, Sept. 7, 2011, Wichita.

Rae D. (Lambdin) McNeil '71, homemaker, retired music teacher, June 14, 2011, Portland, Mich.

Richard E. Mercer '57, managing partner of Monkey Island Airport Resort, Grand Lake of the Cherokees in Oklahoma, former Boeing buyer, U.S. Army veteran, Sept. 3, 2011, Lawrence, Kan.

Richard F. Monger '74, retired Sunbeam Appliance Service Co. manager, retired Electro-Mech Inc. international salesman and WWII Army Air Corps veteran, Sept. 9, 2011, Wichita.

Terrance J. "Jerry" Muth '56, retired attorney, former Wichita Police Department officer, former probate judge in Clay Center, Kan., and former coordinator for the Federal Highway Safety Act of 1966, Oct. 10, 2011, Derby, Kan.

Robby Sue Nebergall '87/95, retired medical cytotechnologist, Oct. 11, 2011, Hesston, Kan.

William R. Patton '95, Wichita State engineer, Sept. 24, 2011, Wichita.

Joe D. Perry '72, retired high school math teacher, Oct. 16, 2011, Derby, Kan.

Burdette "Bud" E. Peterson '75, social studies teacher and head football and track coach at Centre High School, Lost Springs, Kan., and other Kansas schools, Sept. 9, 2011, Burdick, Kan.

Marilyn E. (Lyle) Pirtle '64, homemaker and former Institute of Logopedics music teacher, Nov. 12, 2011, Wichita.

Parke T. Reid '69, retired civil engineer, former WSU golfer, avid golfer, fisherman, July 21, 2011, Seattle.

Joanne (Miller) Rice '48, homemaker, Sept. 12, 2011, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Dorothy L. Richter, retired WSU Barton School of Business secretary, Oct. 16, 2011, Wichita.

Clarence E. Riggs '47, retired Skelly & Getty Oil Co. tax accountant, decorated WWII veteran and retired Air Force Reserves lieutenant colonel who was taught to fly B-17 and B-24 bombers by Hollywood legend Jimmy Stewart, March 19, 2011, Tulsa, Okla.

Lynn W. Riley '72, retired Boeing head inspector of mechanical parts, Aug. 9, 2011, Harper, Kan.

Edward A. Rollins '71, retired U.S. Airways pilot and captain, U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel with more than 3,000 flight hours in fighter jets and service as an air defense officer, academic instructor and nuclear and weapons safety officer, Nov. 1, 2011, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Jerry L. Rowland '56, retired administrator, former production staff assistant at Burroughs Co., Carlsbad, Calif., May 7, 2008, San Marcos, Calif.

Thomas A. Ryan '03, Goodwill Industries computer tech, Aug. 12, 2011, Wichita.

Kurt A. Salyer '11, loss prevention associate, Nov. 19, 2011, Wichita.

D. Kent Sawyers '61/61, retired security analyst, former teacher, April 8, 2011, S. Burlington, Vt.

Curtis "Curt" J. Schellenger '93, electronics technician at Electrospace Systems Inc., Richardson, Texas, Oct. 30, 2011, Allen, Texas.

Henry L. Schmidt '58, retired English and Spanish teacher, Oct. 25, 2011, Cumming, Ga.

Matthew J. Schreck '08, Via Christi St. Francis Burn Center RN, Oct. 3, 2011, Wichita.

Vashti S. (Forrest) Seacat '00, Cox Communications human resources employee, April 30, 2011, Kingman, Kan.

J. Michael Shaw '78, Executive Aircraft parts manager, Maranatha independent sales rep, former WSU crew member, Aug. 18, 2011, Wichita.

Maxine W. Shiblom, retired WSU administrative assistant, Sept. 18, 2011, Kansas City, Mo.

James R. Smith '56, retired owner of Jim Smith Auto Supply in Raytown, Mo., and Bannister Auto Parts in Kansas City, private pilot, former professional drummer and U.S. Air Force veteran, Sept. 16, 2011, Raytown.

Carl W. Sundgren '54, retired Salinas, Calif., public school teacher and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Oct. 13, 2011, Salinas.

Johnny "John" G. Terry '76, radiation oncologist with Yellowstone Radiation Oncology Group PC in Billings, Mont., Sept. 21, 2011, Billings.

Hugh C. "Butch" Thompson, retired Wichita State landscaper and equipment operator, Aug. 19, 2011, Wichita.

Donald E. Toevs '50, retired teacher, coach and administrator; WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Navy; former University of Wichita letterman in basketball and captain of the team, Sept. 9, 2011, Shawnee Mission, Kan.

Patsy K. (Caldwell) Walker '68, retired Northeast Iowa Community College reading specialist and former elementary school teacher, Sept. 18, 2011, Dubuque, Iowa.

Ross A. Wakefield '69, accountant and owner of Wakefield Financial Services in Spring Hill and Baldwin City, Kan., and Vietnam War veteran who served in the U.S. Army, Nov. 18, 2011, Spring Hill, Kan.

Thomas Warford '85, retired park ranger and accomplished sharpshooter, April 25, 2011, Raytown, Mo.

Keith I. Webb '50, retired independent real estate appraiser, mayor of La Junta, Colo, from 1969 to 1973, former bank loan officer and vice president, former insurance agent, U.S. Coast Guard veteran, Sept. 19, 2011, Pueblo, Colo.

David A. Weimer '95, federal special agent, Sept. 18, 2011, Wichita.

Darrel G. Welch '70, retired Boeing principal engineer, Sept. 24, 2011, Kansas City, Mo.

Gary L. Wigner '02, human services specialist for the state of Kansas, Oct. 5, 2011, Wichita.

George M. Wolf '61/61, retired private-practice lawyer, retired director of mediation and alternative dispute resolution for the state of Kansas, former Hallmark Cards attorney and director of product promotions, Sept. 8, 2011, Shawnee Mission, Kan.

Willis R. Wolf '48, retired president at Olson Electronics in Akron, Ohio, where he helped expand the company from seven to some 200 stores; WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Air Corps in China, Burma and India, July 7, 2011, Akron.

Lorie S. Wood '83, adolescent psychiatric nurse, July 5, 2011, Phoenix, Ariz.

J. Kenneth "Ken" Zagnoni '60, principal at Ken Zagnoni & Co., a commercial real estate firm in Overland Park, Kan., Oct. 17, 2011, Overland Park.


Shocker May Queen

At the time of her 50-year reunion with other University of Wichita graduates of 1939, Mary E. (Reser) Gary said her fondest memories of her student days were of "Mr. Wilner, the many college plays and Alpha Tau Sigma."

Shocker Fan O' the Day

In 2006, the Wichita Eagle named Richard "Dick" A. Curry '49/67 a "Shocker Fan O' the Day."

Journalism at its Best

"Forty Years of Kansas Journalism at Its Best" reads the headline on a 1986 WSU announcement about the Charles G. Pearson Endowed Scholarship in Journalism.

Never Grounded

Glen W. Zumwalt was presented the WSU Recognition Award in 1992, a decade after he received the Outstanding Engineering Research Award at WSU and a year after he retired from Wichita State as Distinguished Professor of Aerospace Engineering.

In Memoriam

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