Spring 2018

Spring 2018


In 2001, David “Dave” J. Anderson ’68, a business administration graduate, was presented a WSU Alumni Recognition Award for his unflagging service to his alma mater – and in particular to Wichita State athletics, the WSU Foundation and the WSU Alumni Association.

The sweep of Anderson’s involvement at Wichita State is broad. As a student, he was president of the business honor society Alpha Kappa Psi. As an active Shocker alum, he served on the board of directors of the WSUAA and was a member of SASO, the President’s Club and the Society of 1895. In 1994, he and his wife Susie ’72/75 stepped up to serve as cochairs of the Shocker Auction, a key fundraising event for the WSUAA and its mission of supporting higher education at Wichita State.

Anderson began his business career in the banking industry, working for Kansas State Bank, Fourth Financial Bank and as president of Bob Moore Leasing. He re-branded the leasing company, which had been established in 1958, to be named Dealers Leasing in 1969 and went on to lead the company (now known as Lease Finance Partners) for almost 50 years. An avid golfer, he was also a dedicated community supporter and volunteer, serving as mayor and council member of Eastborough, Kan., as president of Rotary, Crestview and Tallgrass Country Clubs, and as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army.

Dave Anderson died Oct. 26, 2017 in Wichita.

— Connie Kachel White


As a student at the University of Wichita, Pauline (Dobrott) Crowley ’55 studied Spanish, French and English – as well as a number of more bohemian subjects. In 2003, in response to a The Shocker article about a trio of her fellow Shocker students, Crowley penned this letter to the magazine’s editor:

“I remember. I was there then. Your article ‘Once Upon a Velvet Eternity’ was a nostalgic trip to one of the happiest times of my life: a student at WU from 1950 to 1955. I too belonged to a bohemian group, albeit not so successful as your Michael McClure, Bruce Conner and David Haselwood.

“We stood outside the rotunda on the second floor of the language arts building between classes and practiced Spanish and French together as we smoked. We made mobiles, and also read Federico García Lorca’s poetry. Señor Savaiano was our advisor and mentor, and although he himself was very conservative, he befriended us and gave us extensive vocabulary in the Spanish language. …Yes, those were good times, but the best time is right now. I conduct a class in memoir writing, and I am also involved in a poetry writing class. We bring snacks and wine. Isn’t it clever of us to call it a poetry class?”

Crowley’s poetry and memoir writings have been collected into three books, Beyond Words: Poems and Prose; Pure Pauline, The Early Years; and Pauline, The Later Years. This homemaker, former high school teacher, world traveler and writer died Dec. 25, 2017 in Virginia Beach, Va.

— Connie Kachel White


Philip H. Schneider, WSU emeritus professor of English, taught English literature courses and creative writing classes at Wichita State for 39 years. As a professor, his main objectives were to help make literature students become more understanding readers and creative writing students more effective writers.

His own fiction was published in Best American Short Stories and in various other literary magazines, including Epoch and the Beloit Fiction Journal. Two collections of his stories were compiled and can be found on Amazon: Painting

The Garage and Other Stories and Losing Ground and Other Stories. Noted for writing stories that are “exact in their language” and “subtle in their execution,” Schneider was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, among numerous lesser awards.

Schneider, who started at WSU in 1967 and directed the MFA creative writing program for a number of years before his retirement in 2006, held an MFA in creative writing from the University of Iowa. In a 2009 interview for the article “Wordcraft” in The Shocker, he described a good editor this way: “A close editor is the person who attempts to make what is there better – not change the style but to make what is better reveal itself.” The same can be said of WSU’s creative writing program – and of professor Schneider himself.

A veteran of the U.S. Army who served as an X-ray technician, Phil Schneider died March 20, 2018 in Wichita.

— Connie Kachel White


Audrey (Franklin) Jones ’81 was far more widely known by her professional name: Denise Franklin.

In 1980, the year before she graduated from Wichita State with a bachelor’s degree in speech/radio-TV-film, Franklin was already a reporter and weekend anchor for KAKE-TV – at age 21, the youngest serving in those roles at the Wichita station. She had begun her career at age 19 in radio news, working as a reporter for KAKE-AM and Wichita State’s NPR member station KMUW-FM.

After KAKE, Franklin relocated to Kansas City and from there on to Winston-Salem, N.C, where she was news director and assistant station manager at 88.5 WFDD, the NPR affiliate that serves the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, and a broadcast journalist at WXII-TV. Her first national news assignment came while covering the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco.

Franklin, who was born in Nuremberg, Germany, held a master’s degree in business administration from Wake Forest University, where she was pursuing a Master of Divinity. She also taught broadcast journalism courses at Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State. Two of her favorite communication projects were her “Voices and Viewpoints” radio show and her “Modern Day Miracles” video series.

Denise Franklin – wife, mother, grandmother, student, communications instructor, broadcast journalist, investigative reporter – died Oct. 31, 2017 in Winston-Salem.

— Connie Kachel White


Paul G. Fritts ’59 joined the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. just two weeks after graduating from the University of Wichita with a bachelor’s degree in economics. The FDIC was his first and only professional employer.

Fritts, who attended WU on a football scholarship, started at the FDIC as a review examiner and field bank examiner for the Kansas City region, a position he held until 1972 when he was named assistant regional director. In 1980, he began a rapid rise through regional directorships in the Philadelphia (1980-1983) and Chicago (1983-1986) regions to become the director of supervision (1986-1991) at FDIC headquarters in Washington, D.C.

In 1991, he was named executive director, the most senior non-politically appointed position within the FDIC. In this top position, he headed up two of the FDIC’s five divisions: Division of Supervision, with its 4,300 employees and roughly $250 million annual budget, and the Division of Resolutions, with its cadre of 300 bank failure resolution specialists and case managers. From his ED’s office near the White House, Fritts engaged the Senate Banking Committee on such U.S. banking issues as the savings and loan crisis, and became internationally known for his work as a voting member on the Basel Committee on banking regulations.

After retiring in 1993, he took to calling himself a “working retiree” and founded a small bank consulting firm. Paul Fritts died Oct. 22, 2017 in Edwardsville, Ill.

— Connie Kachel White


Music was always the key subject to Wayne A. Harrell ’58/59 – as a music education and instrumental music student at the University of Wichita, as a horn player, and as a music educator at Kansas high schools, at Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan., and Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo., from which he retired as professor in 1995 after 25 years of teaching.

While at WU, he served as president of the music fraternity Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and of the student chapter of the Music Educators National Conference. He was a member of the Wichita Symphony and the drum major of the Shocker Marching Band.

Harrell earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees at WU, and began his career as a teacher and band director at Kansas public high schools in Lakin, Belle Plaine and Wichita. He also served two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War – and, yes, he played in Army bands. Performing was a constant for this career music man, who played horn with the Springfield Symphony, the MSSU Symphony, and was a member of the Central Plains Brass Quintet.

In 1970, when serving as an assistant professor of music at Pittsburg State, he was awarded a PhD from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. Then, while at MSSU, he took up music department chair duties in 1972 and in 1975 became chair of the fine arts department.

A member of the International Horn Society and a life member of the WSU Alumni Association, Wayne Harrell died Nov. 11, 2017 in Joplin, Mo.

— Connie Kachel White


Leslie G. Rudd ’81 was, as his daughter describes him, a “serial entrepreneur.” He was seven years old when his parents founded Standard Beverage Corp., a Wichita-based alcohol distributor. By 1974, he was president, and went on to grow Standard Beverage into Kansas’ largest beverage wholesaler.

In 1996, his entrepreneurial scope expanded well past Kansas’ borders, to Napa Valley, where he purchased 55 acres that would become his namesake estate winery, Rudd Oakville Estate. At the corner of Oakville Cross Road and Silverado Trail, the Rudd estate is located in one of Napa Valley’s best known terroirs for Cabernet Sauvignon.

His Leslie Rudd Investment Co. counts among its assets multiple other wineries, as well as Vintage Wine Estates, Press restaurant, the Oakville Grocery, and Distillery 209. Also in 1996, Rudd bought the grocery chain Dean & DeLuca, which he sold for a reported $140 million in 2014.

Rudd was a lifelong supporter of his alma mater. A life member of the WSU Alumni Association, he helped underwrite and contributed to the Shocker Auction, an annual fundraiser for the WSUAA. He was a member of the SASO board and served on the WSU Foundation’s National Advisory Council, among many other WSU activities.

In 1998, he established the Rudd Foundation, a public nonprofit that created as one of its first efforts the Rudd Family Entrepreneurial Fund, through which WSU students, as well as KU and KSU students, could earn seed capital up to $250,000 to begin new ventures.

Rudd – businessman, vintner, food magnate, philanthropist, family man – died May 3, 2018 in New York City.

— Connie Kachel White


Diana L. Alexander ’88, accountancy graduate and Golf Warehouse customer service representative, Dec. 21, 2017, Wichita.

Bradley D. Allen ’88, entrepreneur, owner of ProStar Auto Supply, Sept. 28, 2017, Wichita.

Arnold T. Anderson ’69/72, retired Travelers Insurance assistant manager who earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Wichita State and was an avid Shocker basketball fan, Dec. 2, 2017, Overland Park, Kan.

Douglas L. Baber ’78/86, retired principal whose career in education also included serving as assistant principal and athletic director at Andover (Kan.) Middle School and at Valley Center (Kan.) Junior High School, Jan. 14, 2018, Andover, Kan.

Donalda M. (Augustowski) Baier ’86, retired drug and alcohol counselor, Oct. 31, 2017, Manhattan, Kan.

Michael H. Blue ’67, retired coach, teacher and athletic director at Wichita’s East and West high schools, Dec. 24, 2017, Wichita.

William “Bill” J. Bradshaw ’50, retired executive vice president of hospital finance at Wichita’s 

St. Francis and St. Joseph medical centers, 

Nov. 10, 2017, Wichita. A memorial in his name has been established with the WSU Foundation: foundation.wichita.edu/current-memorials.

John G. Brooks ’67, speech pathologist and retired Shawnee Mission, Kan., school district special education department administrator, Jan. 7, 2018, Shawnee Mission.

Kathleen J. (Deppner) Brown ’76, journalist who began her career at the Hutchinson News, Hutchinson, Kan.; worked at the Omaha World Herald, Omaha, Neb., as the newspaper’s fashion page editor; and then served as assistant director of public information at the Hutchinson Hospital, Nov. 30, 2017, Wichita.

Dorothy (Voigt) Brunson fs ’43, homemaker who served on the Wichita Collegiate School Board of Trustees for 26 years, Dec. 19, 2017, Wichita.

Billy “Bill” W. Bynum ’61, Korean War veteran and business administration graduate who worked in accounting for a number of government agencies, Nov. 14, 2017, 

Galena, Kan.

Lauren B. Carter-Gibbons ’14, high school teacher who earned a master’s degree in Spanish at WSU and was teaching at Freie Waldorfschule in Germany, Dec. 27, 2017, Wichita.

Everett A. Childs ’72, instrumental music education graduate who worked in the national sporting goods industry, Jan. 3, 2018, Olathe, Kan.

Jack H. Circle ’79, mechanical engineering graduate who held various positions in oil and gas pipeline design, construction and services, including vice president of pipelines at QPS Engineering, Nov. 16, 2017, Mounds, Okla.

Larry V. Clark ’60, U.S. Navy veteran, industrial education graduate and retired life insurance agent who represented the Berkshire Life Insurance Co. and, later, the Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Co., Nov. 14, 2017, Wichita.

Helen I. (Callon) Clevenger ’60/68, retired reading specialist teacher at Wichita public schools, 

Feb. 2, 2018, Wichita.

Dianne M. (Kimsey) Compton ’83, physical therapy graduate whose career included work as a physical therapist at St. Joseph Medical Center in Wichita, Dec. 19, 2017, Lenexa, Kan.

Brenda S. (Hammon) Cooper ’71, owner and operator of her family’s floral business, Cape Cod Floral in El Dorado, Kan., Dec. 1, 2017, 

El Dorado.

Orval “Bud” B. Craig ’61, secondary education graduate who played three years of varsity football for the University of Wichita Shockers, former teacher and track and football coach for schools in Kansas and Missouri, 28-year Merck pharmaceutical sales representative who retired to the Craig family ranch in 1998, Dec. 8, 2017, Fowler, Kan.

Nancy J. (Logsdon) Deam Crockett ’52, homemaker, former executive assistant and long-time Topeka, Kan., resident who was noted for her volunteer service to a number of charitable organizations, including the Stormont-Vail Hospital Auxiliary and Meals on Wheels of Shawnee and Jefferson Counties, Dec. 8, 2017, Ames, Iowa.

Georgia Crosby ’14, general studies graduate and retired Southwestern Bell customer service agent, Jan. 22, 2018, Wichita.

H.D. “Don” Crowder ’49, retired dentist and 

U.S. Navy veteran, Nov. 20, 2017, Wichita.

Kathryn F. (Landsdowne) Culbertson ’39, homemaker and retired librarian whose 

volunteer service included work as a literacy advocate tutoring elementary school students 

and founding the library at University Congregational Church in Wichita, Dec. 11, 2017, Wichita. A life member of the WSU Alumni Association, Culbertson earned a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature, was involved as a member of the 

Alpha Tau Sigma sorority and is a WSU Plaza 

of Heroines honoree.

Patsy E. (Barrett) Cunningham ’59, retired teacher who taught for 40 years in Kansas schools in Turon, Wichita, Augusta and Salina, where she taught fourth grade at Hageman Elementary School for 20 years, Feb. 9, 2018, Salina, Kan.

Edward D. Dare ’85, retired healthcare administrator whose career included work at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo, Mich., Oct. 27, 2017, Paw Paw, Mich.

Norman E. Deiter ’76, U.S. Air Force veteran who served as a flight mechanic, electrical engineering graduate who worked at Boeing for 35 years in systems engineering and program management, Jan. 4, 2018, Derby, Kan.

J. Bernard “Bernie” Denker ’62, English language and literature graduate whose career in marketing and communications included positions as marketing services manager at Gott Corp., advertising manager at J.I. Case and public information officer for the city of Wichita, 

Nov. 4, 2017, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Carol S. (Stith) Benorden Denning ’72, music education graduate who taught at public schools in Inman, Kan., Nickerson, Kan., Hutchinson, Kan., and Wichita; pianist and performer who played in a number of bands, including the Carol Denning Project, the Toltecs, the Malibus, and Killer Koffee; private piano teacher, Nov. 15, 2017, Wichita.

David A. Dennis ’59, retired senior systems analyst at Unisys in Norfolk, Va., and a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy who retired with the rank of commander after serving as a naval flight officer on WestPac cruises before and during the Vietnam War in airborne early warfare detachments aboard aircraft carriers USS Bennington, USS Constellation, and USS Enterprise, and who, in 1969, was awarded the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while engaged in aerial combat missions over Vietnam, Jan. 30, 2018, Virginia Beach, Va.

Jerry D. Doke ’64/66, retired psychologist, 

Nov. 25, 2017, Boise, Idaho.

Glenn H. DuBois ’52, U.S. Air Force veteran and retired personnel administrator who worked for the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, Mo., and for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Nov. 3, 2017, Shawnee Mission, Kan.

Richard L. Dunbar ’76, administration of justice graduate whose 30-year career in law enforcement included work as a lieutenant with the Kansas Highway Patrol and as a special investigator with the Kansas Lottery, Feb. 3, 2018, Wichita.

Clarence “Smiley” Ebert ’58/61, Korean War veteran who served in the U.S. Navy as a medic with the 3rd Marine Division, and retired teacher who taught math, social studies and electronics for 10 years at Wichita public schools (Mathewson Junior High School, Truesdell Middle School and Heights High School, where he also served as assistant principal) before heading up the school district’s Technology Education/Driver Education program, Nov. 20, 2017, Wichita.

Roger R. Ellis ’67, retired aeronautical engineer, Nov. 16, 2017, Wichita.

Susan G. (Johnson) Elmore ’78, former elementary school teacher who taught at public schools in Wichita, Pratt, Kan., and Harper, Kan.; former substitute teacher for public schools in the Renwick, Iowa, area; former director of food services at Forest Lake Baptist Camp and Conference Center outside of Ottumwa, Iowa, Sept. 29, 2017, Rozel, Kan.

Jonas E. Fishburn ’70, retired music teacher who began his career at Pawnee Rock High School and Maize High School, both in Kansas, before taking a position at Brawley Union High School in Brawley, Calif., where he taught concert band, marching band, stage band, performance ensemble, music appreciation and math, among other subjects, Oct. 6, 2017, Redding, Calif.

Anita M. (Jones) Fortney ’66, French graduate and homemaker, Dec. 19, 2017, Augusta, Kan.

Jera S. (Delaney) French ’93, homemaker and retired teacher who taught for 30 years at 

Buhler (Kan.) Elementary School, Nov. 22, 2017, Buhler.

Nicolle “Nikkie” J. Frey ’95, psychology graduate, Dec. 27, 2017, Lincoln, Neb.

Ann P. (Fahnestock) Fuchs fs ’54, homemaker and former manager of Fox Meadows Country Club, avid golfer and tennis player, Sept. 20, 2017, Derby, Kan. A life member of the WSU Alumni Association, she grew up in Wichita and married William C. Fuchs ’56 in 1954. Active in community service, she volunteered with the Girl Scouts of America and the local PTA, and was devoted to her church and family, especially her two children, Karl and Karrie, as well as her nephew, the late E. George Fahnestock ’69, a past president of the WSUAA.

Linda K. (Londeen) Garren ’78, homemaker 

and retired nurse whose career included work as staff RN in ICU at Northwest Regional Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz., Nov. 21, 2017, Wichita.

Jerry Goodmon ’70, retired educator whose 38-year career included serving as principal at Wichita Metro-Midtown Alternative High School for 14 years, as well as nine years as a teacher and coach, and 15 as an assistant principal, Oct. 31, 2017, Wichita.

Linda L. (Smyres) Goodson ’80, accountancy graduate who worked as a CPA in a number of healthcare organizations, Sept. 16, 2017, Glendale, Ariz.

Jean M. (Harris) Graber ’68, retired reading and math specialist teacher at Kingman (Kan.) Elementary School, Nov. 19, 2017, Pretty Prairie, Kan.

Riley M. Greenwood ’91, science education graduate and former biology teacher and track coach at Valley Center High School, Jan. 8, 2018, Valley Center, Kan.

Francis A. Grillot Jr. ’65, veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve with 10 years of service and retired business administrator whose positions included that of marketing director at A.O. Smith Harvestore Products Inc., Dekalb, Ill., and national marketing manager at Temcor, Carson, Calif., Sept. 26, 2016, Fairfield Bay, Ark. A life member of the WSUAA, Grillot graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1958 before continuing his education at WSU, earning a master’s degree in business administration, marketing. While residing in Carpenterville, Ill., in the 1980s, Grillot took an interest in alumni events and functions in the Chicago area and was on hand in April 1987 when the Chicago WSU Alumni Chapter was chartered.

Joyce (Burns) Grimes ’71, former chair of the Kansas State Teaching Standards Advisory Board and retired teacher who taught at public schools in Ashland, Kan., Pratt, Kan., and Cimarron, Kan., where she taught fourth grade at Cimarron Elementary School until her retirement in 1990, Jan. 14, 2018, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Roderic R. Grubb ’56, business administration graduate who attended the University of Wichita on a basketball scholarship, U.S. Air Force veteran who served as a pilot until his retirement in 1978, and retired aerospace studies professor at Michigan State University, Feb. 21, 2018, Sequim, Wash. A life member of the WSU Alumni Association, Grubb served as president

of Phi Upsilon Sigma (now Phi Delta Theta)

as a senior at WU. During his careers in the

USAF and then in education, he lived and worked in 75 foreign countries, including Scotland, England, Germany, Italy, the Azores, Turkey, Korea, and Japan.

Cory S. Haigh ’12, biological sciences graduate and veterinarian, Dec. 7, 2017, Denver, Colo.

Larry M. Hall ’60, business administration graduate who went on to a career with General Motors, Chevrolet Division from 1961 to 1999, when he retired as a regional manager based in Atlanta, Ga., where he was responsible for nearly 500 dealers, Jan. 26, 2018, Tallahassee, Fla.

Charles E. Hampton ’70, retired teacher and coach who held a master’s degree in secondary education from WSU and whose 30-year career included 11 years of teaching and coaching football at the junior college level and featured coaching the 1976 Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College national championship football team, Nov. 18, 2017, Grove, Okla.

Robert “Bob” G. Hanagan ’49, World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Navy aboard

the USS Garrard in the Pacific theater and

former geologist and landman for Signal Oil and Gas Co. in Midland, Texas, who in 1960 established, along with his brother Hugh ’49,

the Hanagan Petroleum Corp., an independent oil and gas operating company based out of Artesia and Roswell, N.M., Oct. 21, 2017,

Santa Fe, N.M. A clipping from the May 31, 1952 issue of the Wichita Eagle shows a staff photo with this caption: “All in the Family – It’s all in the family as Miss Claire Hanagan, Roswell, N.M., the last of the Hanagans, graduates from Wichita University. Her brothers are ’49 grads. Shown at the university office are, left to right, Pat, now district attorney for three New Mexico counties; Hugh, a geologist in Midland, Texas; President Harry F. Corbin; Claire, graduate

of the college of education, and Bob, also a geologist in Midland, Texas. The Hanagan

home is in Roswell.”

Saundra L. (Ingle) Hansford ’71, homemaker and retired teacher, Oct. 25, 2017, Seaford, Va.

Shirley A. (Quick) Heit ’54, homemaker, former speech pathologist in Wichita and Topeka, Kan., and retired third grade and special education teacher at Crestview, Highland Park Central, Highland Park South and Lafayette public schools in Topeka, Jan. 4, 2018, Topeka.

Brett C. Henry ’90, president of Henry Industries Inc., a courier and delivery service that Henry and his brother, Brent, established in Wichita in 1991 and built into a national carrier with more than 160 employees by 2002, the year he was recognized as one of the Wichita Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 honorees, Oct. 22, 2017, Wichita.

Kelly K. Hogan ’90, psychology graduate who

also earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas, Nov. 20, 2017, Newton, Kan.

Carroll A. (Cunningham) Hoke ’84, homemaker and retired attorney with Kansas Legal Services in Wichita, where she worked for more than 15 years, Dec. 15, 2017, Wichita.

Roger M. Hubble ’76/95, retired aircraft industry administrator who began his career at Cessna Aircraft Co. as a sheet metal assembler and whose 40 years in the industry included work at Cessna Finance Corp., Chicago, and at Thayer Aerospace as vice president of strategic sourcing, and Raytheon Aircraft Co. as director of international trade development, both in Wichita, Jan. 12, 2018, Wichita. A life member of the WSU Alumni Association, Hubble held both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from Wichita State and served some 20 years as a member of the board of the World Trade Council of Wichita.

Jolynne (Frederikson) Hutton ’87, accomplished musician and retired instrumental music teacher who served as orchestra director in a number of Kansas public schools in Garden City and Hays before her retirement, Oct. 8, 2017, Hays, Kan.

Robert “Bob” H. Isley ’57, retired vice president and controller of the information technologies division of McKesson Corp., San Francisco, Calif., Nov. 30, 2017, Daly City, Calif. A life member of the WSUAA, Isley earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and began his long association with the healthcare company McKesson in Wichita, where he worked as assistant operations manager and, in 1966, became operations manager of the Wichita Drug Division of McKesson and Robbins Inc. Over the course of 38 years, he worked for McKesson in Wichita, Oklahoma City, New York City and San Francisco.

Gary L. Jamis ’76, business administration graduate, Nov. 25, 2017, Wichita.

Carol A. (Seals) Jester ’12, former owner of Lantern Books, homemaker, active community volunteer, Oct. 12, 2017, Wichita.

Darryl L. Johnson ’85, business administration graduate who owned 21st Pump Service in Wichita, Oct. 31, 2017, Wichita.

Alice M. (King) Jones ’40, homemaker; retired teacher who taught at Burr Oak High School, Burr Oak, Kan., and at elementary schools in Wichita; former manager of a photo and gift shop in Waynesville, Mo., Dec. 24, 2017, Manhattan, Kan.

H. Joan (Gleeson) Kahn, retired university executive assistant who served 31 of her 36 years at Wichita State as secretary to James Rhatigan, emeritus vice president and dean of students, Nov. 5, 2017, Wichita. Honored in WSU’s

Plaza of Heroines and presented the WSUAA’s Laura Cross Distinguished Service Award in 1996, Kahn was known as “a good friend to students.” A memorial in her name has been established with the WSU Foundation: foundation.wichita.edu/current-memorials.

Randy W. Kaul ’95, retired aerospace engineer, Dec. 9, 2017, Wichita.

Evelyn N. (Evans) Kessler ’70, homemaker and retired Wichita public schools elementary librarian, Feb. 8, 2018, Wichita.

Theresa J. (Nilles) Ketzner ’82, accounting graduate, owner of a Native American jewelry store, Dakota Silver Mine, in Dallas, where she also worked as a nurse in IV therapy and care coordination, Oct. 28, 2017, Sachse, Texas.

Keck C. Kimbell ’75, health care administration graduate who attended WSU on a football scholarship and went on to a career in business at Koch Industries, first in Wichita and then in Houston, and for the past five years at Choice Energy, Dec. 7, 2017, Houston.

Mary L. (Book) Klein ’73/80, former English composition instructor at Wichita State, where she earned both a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a master’s degree in creative writing, Oct. 29, 2017, Chapman, Kan.

Walter H. Knocke ’50, retired Traveler Insurance agent with 27 years of service and physical education graduate who lettered in both basketball and football at the University of Wichita, Jan. 20, 2018, Bella Vista, Ark.

Daniel A. Kymer ’91, psychology graduate and platform analyst at Koch Industries Inc., Dec. 7, 2017, Wichita.

D. Glynn Lamberson ’71/73, Vietnam War

veteran who served in the 1st Calvary Air Mobile, economics graduate who served as director of the Small Business Development Center at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, Wash., Nov. 12, 2017, Kennewick, Wash. Turn to Page 64 for Coda.

Frances L. (Brickey) Lambdin ’72/77, homemaker and retired teacher who taught at McCollum Elementary School in Wichita for more than 20 years, Dec. 14, 2017, Maize, Kan.

Charles “Charlie” E. Lavacek ’97, physical therapy graduate, Jan. 31, 2018, Wichita.

Jerry H. Leach ’59, electrical engineering

graduate who went on to a career as an aerospace engineer with the U.S. Department of the

Air Force, retiring in 1992 after 32 years of working in California and then at Hill Air Force Base in northern Utah on the Minute Man,

Titan and F-16 programs, Nov. 9, 2017,

Layton, Utah.

Thomas L. Leming ’74, pilot for United Airlines for 32 years and journalism graduate who served in the U.S. Air Force as a public affairs officer and as a KC-135 Stratotanker pilot at McConnell AFB in Wichita, as well as an F-4 pilot with the Indiana Air National Guard, Sept. 27, 2017, Wichita.

Lois L. (Wendling) Liggett ’72, homemaker, Feb. 5, 2018, Winfield, Kan.

Roger W. Marvel ’63, industrial engineering graduate and retired Boeing computer systems manager with 41 years at the aerospace company, Sept. 28, 2017, Copley, Ohio.

Marilyn B. (Oyer) Mathews ’74, elementary education graduate, Nov. 1, 2017, Nixa, Mo.

Gary E. Mayfield ’67, Korean War veteran who served in the U.S. Navy, retired educator who taught, coached and was principal at public schools in Nebraska and Kansas, Nov. 10, 2017, Marquette, Kan.

Frances L. (Marler) McCalla ’69/74, homemaker and retired Wichita public schools librarian,

Jan. 4, 2018, Andover, Kan.

Ruth A. (Gould) McDermott ’66/78, homemaker and retired Wichita public schools elementary school teacher, Oct. 10, 2017, Derby, Kan.

Betty J. (Roberson) Meeks ’81, social work graduate who was active in the Student Government Association and retired social worker with the Sedgwick County Health Department in Wichita, Oct. 26, 2017, Ledbetter, Texas.

Jessie A. “Jan” (Horn) Messman ’95, homemaker, former accountant at Old Town Child Care in Wichita and retired H&R Block tax preparer, Dec. 1, 2017, Wichita.

Harold J. Metzinger ’74, business administration graduate and general manager of Maple Grove Cemetery in Wichita, Oct. 22, 2017, Wichita.

Blaine F. Miller ’74, retired oil industry business administrator whose 43-year career included positions as drilling manager at Murfin Drilling Co. and vice president at Triad Drilling, Dec. 26, 2017, Burns, Kan.

Richard L. Miller ’60, artist, author, long-distance runner, businessman, world traveler who served in the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps during the Cold War and embarked on a career as an award-winning ceramicist and folk artist, April 4, 2018, Lindsborg, Kan. A memorial in his name has been established with the WSU Foundation: foundation.wichita.edu/current-memorials.

Clarence J. Moos ’56, World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Army and participated in Operation Overlord while stationed in England, France, Germany and Belgium; retired Boeing manager who worked in industrial engineering and manufacturing research and development, Oct. 21, 2017, Bel Aire, Kan.

Robert C. Morrison ’61/72/85, retired aircraft industry engineer whose career included work at Boeing, Cessna and Raytheon, and retired statistical consultant with Morrison Consulting

in Wichita, Oct. 12, 2017, Wichita.

Stephen D. Mott ’72, accounting graduate,

Dec. 21, 2017, Kiowa, Kan.

John J. Mucci ’72, retired electrical engineer,

Nov. 17, 2017, Augusta, Kan.

Doris E. (Burgess) Myles ’93, retired registered nurse at Wichita’s Veterans Administration hospital, the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, Dec. 22, 2017, Wichita.

Irvin H. Myers ’72, U.S. Air Force veteran, retired owner of Classy Auto in Lindsborg, Kan., and retired superintendent at a number of public schools in Kansas, Jan. 10, 2018, Lindsborg.

Laraine D. (Ingham) Nachbor ’99/02, homemaker and nurse practitioner at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and Heartland Cardiology, Jan. 2, 2018, Wichita.

William L. Oehlert ’50, WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Navy aboard the heavy cruiser USS Canberra, was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and served aboard the USNS Albert M. Boe before retiring in 1972 after 30 years of regular and reserve duty; economics graduate who worked as a recordkeeper for various companies, Jan. 23, 2018, Wichita.

Steven “Steve” J. Palacioz ’75/77, former sales consultant for Mobile Diagnostic Services, director of social service and parent involvement for the Waco-Finn Head Start program, and owner of Advanced Medical Concepts, Oct. 12, 2017, Wichita.

Melford “Mel” L. Peintner ’54, World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Navy attaining the rank of Seaman First Class, and physical education graduate who worked as a teacher, farmer, mutual funds salesman and vocational rehabilitation counselor, as well as a bowling alley manager, Dec. 9, 2017, Dodge City, Kan.

Charles R. Phipps ’53, biological sciences graduate who went on to graduate from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1957, retired family physician, and U.S. Air Force veteran,

Oct. 20, 2017, Lander, Wyo.

Connie I. Pierce ’85, retired educator who taught K-12 special education at public schools in Bartlett, Erickson, and Polk, Neb., 4-6 grade special education in Kingman, Kan., K-6 grade behavioral disorders classes in Leoti, Kan., K-3 special education in Lakin, Kan., and was a volunteer with the Primary Title I Reading Program at Deal Elementary School, Coon Rapids, Iowa., Sept. 17, 2017, Coon Rapids.

Jill S. (Smith) Pot ’74/97, retired teacher who earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from WSU, Sept. 29, 2017, Wichita.

Patricia “Pat” J. (Suhm) Reynolds ’47, homemaker and retired Wichita East High School physical education teacher and coach who, as a student at the University of Wichita served as president of Delta Omega sorority and the Women’s Recreational Association and was a member of the honorary educational fraternity Kappa Delta Pi, Dec. 1, 2017, Wichita.

Perla M. Rodriguez ’00, criminal justice graduate who worked as outreach director at the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center for five years, Nov. 14, 2017, Wichita.

Clifton C. Schopf ’51, retired family practice physician who graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1957 and began his career in Clearwater, Kan., later moving his practice to Wichita, where he became president

of the St. Francis Hospital Medical and Dental Staff in 1977 and was later elected president of the Sedgwick County Medical Society in 1991, Sept. 25, 2017, Wichita. A life member of the WSU Alumni Association, Schopf wrote about his memories of the University of Wichita on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his graduation, recalling that he had great times as a student and that “all of my teachers and instructors were very good, and they were there

to assist me even after class.”

Elwyn L. Schrag ’66, retired instrumental music teacher and pastor whose work included serving as band director for public schools in Andover, Kan., as music minister at the First Baptist Church in Wichita, as minister of music and education at the First Baptist Church in Canton, Ohio, and as an ordained American Baptist Churches pastor in Springfield, Cincinnati and Salem, Ohio, Dec. 5, 2017, Hesston, Kan.

Charles J. Schuler fs ’65, WWII veteran who served in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged in 1946 as Seaman Second Class, retired aeronautical engineer at Boeing in Wichita,

Oct. 29, 2017, Olathe, Kan.

Robert W. Screen ’79, U.S. Army veteran,

former business teacher at Bishop Carroll High School, Wichita, and at Marist Catholic School, Eugene, Ore., and retired Terminex bookkeeper, San Diego, Calif., Dec. 11, 2017, Turlock, Calif.

James E. Scribner ’62/66, insurance agent and owner of Scribner Insurance Agency in Denton, Texas, Feb. 5, 2018, Denton. A life member of the WSUAA, Scribner attended WSU on a football scholarship. His first job after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in physical education was teaching and coaching football at Kingman (Kan.) High School. In 1967, after earning a master’s degree in education administration and supervision, he and his family moved to Texas, where he began his 50-year career in insurance.

Nancy L. (Lehman) Scriven ’52/66, retired WSU assistant professor of music education, music teacher at Kansas public schools in Abilene, Oberlin and Gardner, church organist and school accompanist, private voice and piano teacher, and 16-year director of the Valley Center Sweet Adelines Chorus, Oct. 5, 2017, Valley Center, Kan. A life member of the WSU Alumni Association, Scriven earned a bachelor’s degree in music education at the University of Wichita and then a master’s degree in music education at Wichita State. At her Class of 1952 50-year reunion in 2002, she recalled, “Some of my fondest memories – the old Frisky Risky Fair at old Fiske Hall. My beloved piano teacher Adrian Pouliot, who was so talented, musically and as a teacher.”

Gloria E. Shaw ’63, U.S. Navy veteran and retired IRS estate tax attorney, Dec. 27, 2017, Concord, Calif. A life member of the WSUAA, Shaw earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Wichita State and went on to earn a Juris Doctor from Washburn University in 1967. She loved travel and adventure, and was surely the only Shocker to fly her own hot air balloon.

Grace M. Shultz ’73, retired elementary teacher who taught at Hutchinson, Kan., public schools,

Oct. 30, 2017, Hutchinson.

Herschel D. Skaggs ’71, retired shop superintendent, Dec. 1, 2017, Wichita.

Barbara K. (Martin) Sonneman ’69, homemaker and retired art teacher, who taught at the Children’s Home in Casper, Wyo., the Wyoming Indian High School in Ethete, Wyo., and at Worland Junior High School in Worland, Wyo., Dec. 24, 2017, Midvale, Utah.

William A. Stiles ’49, WWII veteran who served in the Navy Air Corps and the Army Air Corps, political science graduate who earned a law degree from Washburn and practiced law in Sedro-Woolley, Wash., where he was city attorney from 1964 to 1982, Sept. 27, 2017, Sedro-Woolley.

Daniel “Dan” D.D. Stitt ’74, Vietnam War veteran who served in the U.S. Navy aboard the oiler USS Hassayampa as a gunner’s mate, journalism graduate, Oct. 30, 2017, Hamilton, Kan.

Larry W. Stoelzing ’62, University of Wichita football player who lettered in 1958, 1959 and 1960, business marketing graduate who entered into a career in marketing and real estate, retiring in 2004 as vice president of the Family Dollar retail chain, Dec. 25, 2017, Georgetown, Texas.

Elizabeth “Betty” F. Stone ’68, homemaker and physical education graduate who taught PE at East High School and then Sacred Heart Academy, both in Wichita, Nov. 29, 2017, Hutchinson, Kan.

Ken W. Strobel ’62, history graduate who graduated with a law degree from Washburn University and joined Williams, Larson and Voss Law Firm, Dodge City, Kan., where he practiced law for 43 years, Jan. 13, 2018, Dodge City.

Charlotte E. (Kaufman) Trombold ’40, homemaker, retired director of First Presbyterian Preschool in Wichita, Jan. 18, 2018, Wichita. A life member of the WSUAA, Trombold earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and remained devoted to early childhood development throughout her career.

Theresa (Keck) Turski ’98, senior public health analyst with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dec. 22, 2017, Howell, Mich.

Diana L. Unkel ’75/97, music education graduate who taught at Swaney Elementary, Derby Sixth Grade Center and was Derby High School choral program pianist, Jan. 16, 2018, Derby, Kan.

Xina (Meador) Walker ’37, former technician and analyst for the IRS and homemaker who once recalled her fondest memories of being a college student: “wonderful mixers and varsity dances, and the hours spent at the library and the Bucket,” Sept. 25, 2017, Shawnee Mission, Kan.

George A. “G.A.” Wiles ’59, retired radio advertising salesman who served on the WSU Alumni Association’s board of directors,

Jan. 22, 2018, Wichita.

Mark L. Winkler ’76/77, economics graduate and retired Union Pacific Railroad executive whose dedication to his profession as an economist and to improving the lives of others through economic literacy included serving as an educator at UNO and as chairman of the Nebraska Council on Economic Education, Dec. 28, 2017, Omaha, Neb. A former member of the WSU Foundation’s National Advisory Council, Winkler was a proud alumnus of Wichita State and a loyal Shocker fan. A memorial in his name has been established through the WSU Foundation: foundation.wichita.edu/current-memorials.

Dana J. (Zeigler) Wright ’83, homemaker and speech pathologist for Topeka, Kan., public schools, Nov. 28, 2017, Meriden, Kan.



Spring 2018

Dave Anderson '68, Pauline Crowley '55, Philip Schneider, Paul Fritts '59, Wayne Harrell '58/59, Leslie Rudd '81 and these fellow Shockers leave lasting legacies.