Betty Underwood, 74, died Dec. 18.
She was a secretary in KU's athletic department for 20 years.
Memorial services were Wednesday, Dec. 22, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
She is survived by two sons, James Barkley Underwood and David Brent Underwood,
both of Lawrence; and a grandson.
David Paretsky, 81, a microbiologist whose research broke ground in
the field of disease and its effects on human cell chemistry, died Jan.
2 at Brandon Woods Retirement Community.
Services were Jan. 3 at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, and burial was in
Beni Israel Cemetery, Eudora.
Paretsky came to KU in 1951 and was the chairman of the microbiology
department from 1957 to 1976. He became a university distinguished professor
in 1976 and retired in 1989.
Paretsky was born in 1918 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He received a bachelor's
degree in 1939 from City College of New York and earned a doctorate at
Iowa State University after serving in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific
during World War II. A commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service,
Paretsky frequently traveled to sites of epidemics to make recommendations
for controlling the spread of outbreaks and was often consulted by the
Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.
Paretsky's wife, Mary, a children's librarian, died Feb. 23, 1998.
He is survived by four sons, Jonathan, Lawrence; Jeremy, Rome; Dan,
Eagle River, Wis.; Nicholas, Columbia, Mo.; a daughter, Sara Paretsky,
Chicago; a sister, Lillian Seewald, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and four grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the Lawrence Jewish Community Center,
the Joe and Ethel Paretsky scholarship at KU or KANU-FM. Memorials may
be sent in care of the funeral home.
Ivan Holden, 66, died Dec. 18. Services were Dec. 23.
He worked as a janitor at KU for 17 years.
Survivors include a sister, Mary Erskin, Lawrence; and a brother, William
"Vernie" Holden, Lawrence.
Amelia M. Kesinger
Amelia M. Kesinger, 83, died Dec. 18.
She retired from KU's financial aid office in 1986.
She is survived by her husband, Asa Kesinger; her son, Wayne Kesinger,
Tonganoxie; a daughter, Marilyn Robbins, Lawrence; a brother, Donald Fryhoffer,
Tulsa, Okla.; a sister, Jo Russell, Santa Rosa, Calif.; eight grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren.
Dixie Glenn, 76, died Jan. 11 at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City,
A professor emeritus at KU, Glenn joined the faculty in 1968. She also
taught at the Kansas City Art Institute and in the Shawnee Mission school
She was born June 23, 1923, in Topeka. She attended the Kansas City
Art Institute and received a bachelor's degree from Washburn University
and a master's degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Survivors include her husband, Charles W. Glenn; a son, Grant Glenn,
Topeka; a daughter, Jennifer Hoyle, Lawrence; a brother, DeVere Dove, Great
Bend; and four grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the Dixie Dove Glenn Memorial Fund
at the KU Endowment Association.
Curtis Wray Besinger
Curtis Wray Besinger, 85, an early champion of architectural preservation
in Kansas and a longtime apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright, died Dec. 12
at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Besinger was born June 12, 1914, in Stanberry, Mo. He earned a bachelor's
of science degree in architecture from KU in 1936. He became a member of
the Taliesin Fellowship of Frank Lloyd Wright from 1939 to 1955, when he
became a faculty member at KU. He retired in 1984.
While a professor at KU, he was technical editor and architectural
consultant for House Beautiful magazine. He also published 97 articles
on architecture and designed many private homes.
In 1995, Cambridge University Press published Besinger's detailed account
of his years with Wright, Working With Mr. Wright: What It Was Like.
Besinger was instrumental in forming the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection
at the Kenneth Spencer Research Library at KU, one of the major repositories
of Wright material. The collection consists of books by and about Wright,
more than a thousand photographs of Wright's buildings and of life at Taliesin
and Taliesin West, and a great many clippings and rare printed ephemera,
such as Taliesin Eyes, the newsletter printed by the Taliesin Fellows.
Besinger received awards from the Kansas Society of Architects and
many other organizations. He received KU's Distinguished Service Citation,
the university's highest honor, in 1995.
Survivors include two nephews, Conrad Henderson, Lawrence, and Jon
Henderson, Kansas City, Mo.; and two nieces, Susan Beakley, Ocean City,
N.J., and Carla Bahn, Ithaca, N.Y.
The family suggests memorials to the Curtis Besinger Scholarship Fund
of the KU Endowment Association, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Elmeda E. "Pat" Hunsinger, 78, died Dec. 30 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Services were Jan. 3.
She worked for KU cafeterias for 13 years before retiring in 1981.
Previously, she had worked at Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant in DeSoto.
Hunsinger was born Jan. 14, 1921, in Douglas County and graduated from
Liberty Memorial High School in Lawrence in 1939.
She married Guy C. Hunsinger on April 2, 1951, in Garnett. He died
Sept. 15, 1976.
Survivors include two daughters, Ronda Shepard, Eudora, and Donna Sue
Beebe, Lawrence; a stepson, Charles Hunsinger, Valley Center; 12 grandchildren;
and 17 great-grandchildren. A stepson, Don Hunsinger, died in 1996, and
a stepdaughter, Virginia Peare, died in 1993.
Memorials to the Center for Basic Cancer Research may be sent in care
of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
Alberta B. Stuhl
Alberta B. Stuhl, 97, died Jan. 2 at Brandon Woods Retirement Community.
Cremation and private services at a later date are planned. Rumsey-Yost
Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Stuhl taught piano at KU. Along with her husband, Raymond Henry Stuhl,
a cello professor, she toured extensively, performing throughout the Midwest
and recruiting students to KU.
She was born June 28, 1902, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Gus
and Leila Boehm. She studied piano at the Horner Institute and received
a performer's certificate from the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia.
Raymond Stuhl died Aug. 28, 1994.
Doris E. Gill
Doris Elaine Gill, 46, died Dec. 11 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
She was a research assistant for Computing Services at KU.
She had previously taught elementary school in Alta Vista, and moved
to Lawrence in 1986. She was past president of the Kaw Valley Chapter of
the Data Processing Management Asso-
She married James F. Gill on Aug. 18, 1989. He survives of the home.
Other survivors include three daughters, Erica McDiffet and Jessica Hull,
both of Lawrence, and Katie Gill, of the home; her parents, Hal and Virginia
Fisher, Council Grove; a brother, Stephen Fisher, Atlanta; two sisters,
Rhonda Spencer, Leavenworth, and Carol Morton, Niceville, Fla.; and a grandson.
The family suggests memorials in her name to the American Cancer Society.
Memorials may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Vera R. McKenzie
Vera R. McKenzie, 66, died Nov. 27.
McKenzie worked as an accountant at KU Computing Services for 24 years.
She is survived by her husband, Howard N. McKenzie; her son, Mark,
St. Paul, Minn.; two daughters, Janet S. Breithaupt and Dee A. Strickland,
both of Lawrence; her mother, Ethel McKelvey of Lawrence; two sisters,
Virginia Noel of San Diego and Barbara Forman of Newcastle, Calif.; and
six grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Center for Basic
Cancer Research. Memorials may be sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
Arline Bliesner, 84, died Jan. 21. She had worked as a secretary at
Canterbury House at KU and in the KU pharmaceutical chemistry department.
She had been a volunteer reader for the Audio-Reader Network. She also
was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Trinity Service Class, the church
circle and Tuesday morning Bible study, Roundtable Club and Y.T.N. Club,
all of Lawrence. She married Richard A. Bliesner on Nov. 24, 1939, in Long
Beach, Calif. He died Oct. 24, 1995. Survivors include two daughters, Virginia
Colburn, Prairie Village, and Ingrid Heibel, Shawnee; and five grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church Endowment Fund
in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Sherri Axline, 45, died Jan. 13. She was a volunteer at the Schiefelbusch
Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic for three years, and was a peer counselor
at Independence Inc. Survivors include her parents, Lawrence; two sisters,
Diana Grande, Edmond, Okla., and Carol Zedler, Fairfax Station, Va.; and
her maternal grandmother, Eva Mason, Lawrence. The family suggests memorials
to the Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, Independence Inc.
Transportation or Respite Care, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
Willard "Butch" Kerr
Willard "Butch" Kerr, 69, died Feb. 1. He had been a facilities operations
steamroom foreman at KU. Survivors include four daughters, Vickie Jo Davis,
Kansas City, Mo., and Rebecca Davis, Carolyn Hood and Brenda Reyes, all
of Wichita; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Word has been received of the death of Clifford Osborne, 103, on May
24, 1999, in Springfield, Tenn. Osborne was a professor of philosophy at
KU from 1937 to 1961 and chair of the philosophy department from 1946 to
He was a U.S. Army World War I veteran, and a graduate of Rutgers University
in 1917 and of Princeton Theological Seminary in 1923. He was ordained
to the Presbyterian ministry in 1923. He received his doctorate from the
University of Chicago in 1931.
He is survived by his nephew, Will Ed Osborne, Cross Plains, Tenn.,
and his niece, Mary Ruth Trumphour, Springfield, Tenn.
John S. Newlin
John Stewart Newlin, 88, died Jan. 3 in Tucson, Ariz.
He attended KU for three years, leaving to travel in Europe. He worked
for newspapers in Arkansas City and Shawnee, Okla., was a free-lance writer
in New York, was managing editor of the Garden City Telegram, worked for
the Associated Press in Kansas City and was head of the A.P. in Topeka.
He was later public relations director of the Kansas Highway Commission,
and in 1950, served as executive secretary to the Kansas governor. In 1952
he was publicity director for People for Eisenhower in Washington, D.C.,
then served as assistant to the Eisenhower campaign's press secretary.
After returning to Kansas, Newlin became editor and publisher of the
Wellington Daily News. He graduated from KU in 1958. He was president of
the Kansas Press Association, receiving its distinguished service award.
In the early 1960s he served as a consultant to the presidential commission
on U.S. government security.
After selling the Wellington newspaper, he taught journalism courses
at KU and wrote public relations for the KU Endowment Association for several
years before establishing a farm outside Lawrence. Most recently, he resided
in Ottawa, before moving to Arizona.
Newlin was preceded in death by wives Nan Sizemore Newlin, Margaret
Halloran Newlin and Dorothy Miller Newlin; a brother, Donald E. Newlin;
a stepsister, Mary Kay Fothergill; a stepbrother, Houston Frith; and an
infant son, Bruce Edward. He is survived by a daughter, Donna Wager, Antioch,
Calif.; a son, John Harve Newlin, Ottawa; two stepsons, Mark Miller, Bisbee,
Ariz., and Robert Miller, Duncan, Okla.; a sister, Nancy Newlin Ashton,
and a brother, Richard F. Newlin, both of Shawnee Mission; seven grandchildren;
two step-grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Shattuck School, P.O. Box 218,
Faribault, MN, 55201; Beta Theta Pi, 1425 Tennessee, Lawrence, KS 66044;
or Seminole Nation Museum, Wewoka, OK 74884.
Elmo G. Lindquist
Elmo G. Lindquist, 87, died Jan. 24 at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.
Lindquist became an associate professor of mechanical engineering at
KU in 1956 with a bachelor's degree from the Missouri School of Mines in
1948 and a master's degree from Purdue in 1952. He retired in 1983.
His memberships included the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
and the American Institute of Industrial Engineers.
He was born Nov. 24, 1912, in Kane, Pa. Survivors include two grandchildren
and two great-grandchildren. His wife, Doscia, died in 1983, and a son,
Harry M. Lindquist, died in 1974.
The family suggests memorials to the Harry M. Lindquist Scholarship
Fund, KU Endowment Association, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
Kenneth Vernon Moses, 82, died Jan. 30 at a Topeka hospital.
Moses was an assistant professor of business law at KU for several
years before moving to Marysville and operating a private law practice
for about 40 years before retiring.
He was born May 24, 1917, in Ackerland, and graduated from Lawrence's
Liberty Memorial High School in 1933. He earned a bachelor's degree and
a juris doctorate from KU and served in the U.S. Navy during World War
II before joining the KU faculty.
His numerous memberships include life membership in the KU Alumni Association.
He is survived by his wife, Monreve Stewart Moses; a daughter, Deborah
Mitchell, Mundelein, Ill.; a sister, Winifred Hurley, Lawrence; three grandchildren;
and nine great-grandchildren.
Ruth Fauhl, 84, died Jan. 7 in Topeka. She was a library assistant
for the KU library system from 1958 to 1989. She donated her body to the
KU Medical Center, and cremation is planned.
She was a member of the Lawrence Unitarian Fellowship, the Kansas Ornithological
Society, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, Weimaraner Club of America and
the KU Library Association. She also was a charter member of the Jayhawk
She married Marshall James Fauhl in 1948 in Honolulu. He died Sept.
15, 1970. A son, James Fauhl, also died earlier. Survivors include a daughter,
Martha Fauhl, Topeka.
The family suggests memorials to the Jayhawk Audobon Society, P.O.
Box 3741, Lawrence, KS 66046.
John W. Burton
John Wendel Burton, 60, died Feb. 11.
Burton worked for the KU police for 30 years. He retired in 1999.
He is survived by two brothers, Frank O. Burton, Little Elm, Texas,
and Paul James Haviland, Ozawkie; four sisters, Patricia Colleen Carter,
Collinsville, Texas; Bobby Jane Ruth, Andover; Bill Jo Copp, Ozawkie; and
Connie Elaine Torres, Topeka.
Memorials may be made to the University of Kansas Endowment Fund in
care of the Barnett Funeral Home, 820 Liberty, P.O. Box 416, Oskaloosa,
Klaus Berger, 99, died Feb. 13 at his home in Paris.
Berger was a university distinguished professor of art history emeritus.
He retired from KU in the late 1960s and with his wife, Margaret Robinson
Berger, moved to Paris where they lived in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.
Born in 1901 in Germany, Berger earned a Ph.D. at the University of
Gottingen. He worked in Berlin until the 1930s and moved to France following
the rise to power of Adolf Hitler. He left France just before the German
invasion to come to the United States, where he enlisted in the U.S. Army.
After the war, he taught at the University of Kansas City, now UMKC, before
accepting a faculty appointment at KU.
A prolific author, Berger was best known for his books on modern French
art, including works on Theodore Gericault and Odilon Redon. He also was
one of the earliest investigators of the influence of Japanese art on modern
European art. His most recent book was published in 1992 by Cambridge Press.
Berger is survived by his daughter, Margaretta. He was buried in Pere
Lachaise Cemetery, Paris. His wife, who died in 1973, also is buried there.
William M. Balfour
William M. Balfour died Feb. 29 at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. He
Balfour served as KU's vice chancellor for student affairs from 1968
to 1976 during a period marked by student unrest on the Lawrence campus,
including the 1970 firebombing of the Kansas Union. His rapport with both
students and staff led to his appointment as the university's ombudsman
in 1977. He retired in 1985.
He was born Nov. 26, 1914, in Pasadena, Calif., to Donald Church and
Carrie Louise (Mayo) Balfour.
Balfour began practicing medicine in 1939, after he was graduated from
the University of Minnesota Medical School. During World War II, he served
in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He served as a resident fellow and then
consultant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., from 1943 until 1957,
when he joined the faculty of the KU School of Medicine. He later transferred
to the department of physiology and cell biology on the Lawrence campus,
becoming a full professor in 1966.
From 1957 to 1959 Balfour was a U.S. Public Health Service postdoctoral
fellow, and his research on the free energy requirement of nervous tissues
earned a major grant from the health service.
He directed a series of in-service institutes in physiology for secondary
school teachers of biology and was an associate director of the university's
summer science and mathematics camps for high-ability high school students.
Balfour was appointed dean of student affairs by Chancellor W. Clarke
Wescoe in 1967, a position that was retitled vice chancellor in 1970. He
resigned that position in 1976 to return to full-time teaching.
In 1977, he became the university's first ombudsman, the person who
mediates grievances among members of the university community. In the 1980-81
academic year alone, Balfour estimated he scheduled more than 1,000 advising
and ombudsman appointments.
The KU senior class of 1981 honored Balfour with the HOPE (Honor for
the Outstanding Progressive Educator) Award, the only KU award for teaching
excellence bestowed exclusively by students. A Chancellor's Award for Teaching
Excellence went to Balfour in 1982.
Off the hill, Balfour was active in community service and served on
the boards for the Douglas County Heart Association, Lawrence Civic Choir,
Lawrence Lyric Opera and Lawrence Center for Independent Living.
Balfour married Oane McQuarrie on Jan. 7. 1939, in Minneapolis. She
died Aug. 20, 1982.
Survivors include a son, James McQuarrie Balfour, Healdsburg, Calif.;
two daughters, Laurie Balfour Tremain, St. Paul, Minn., and Wendy Balfour,
Lawrence; a brother, Walter, Yuba City, Calif.; a grandchild; and two great-grandchildren.
A daughter, Barbara Louise Balfour, died in 1986.
Robert Tweed Hersh
Robert Tweed Hersh, 71, died Aug. 31, 1999. He was a professor of biochemistry
at KU from 1958 to 1996, and chair of the biochemistry department from
1971 to 1978.
Hersh studied chemistry and mathematics as an undergraduate at Columbia
College, received his master's degree in physics at Columbia University
and his Ph.D. in biophysics at the University of California, Berkeley.
During his tenure at KU, he guided a newly formed biochemistry department
as its first chair. In 1960 he received one of the first National Institutes
of Health Research Career Development Awards, which he held for 10 years.
While maintaining a heavy teaching load, Hersh published more than 40 articles
on subjects ranging from cures for viruses to applications for molecular
biology. He received KU's Chancellors Club Career Teaching Award in 1991
and KU's Outstanding Progressive Educator Award in 1990.
The idea for a human-oriented biology curriculum at KU grew from Hersh's
interaction with undergraduate students, and the College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences has honored him with the Robert Tweed Hersh Memorial Scholarship
Award in Human Biology. Memorial contributions may be made to the Robert
Tweed Hersh Scholarship Fund for KU, sent in care of the Kansas University
Endowment Association, or to the Lawrence Community Theater, 1500 New Hampshire.
Hersh is survived by his wife, Sally Six Hersh; a son, Christopher
Karrer, Portsmouth, Va.; a daughter, Jennifer Newton Hersh, Brooklyn, N.Y.;
and two grandchildren.
Diana Faye Fox, 65, died Feb. 16 at her home.
She began working at KU in 1972, retiring July 10, 1999, as assistant
director of undergraduate services for the College of Liberal Arts and
Fox was born Aug. 9, 1934, in Loggootee, Ind., and graduated from KU.
She had lived in Lawrence for 40 years.
She is survived by a daughter, Lisa Potts, Caldwell; three sons, Mark
Fox, Overland Park; Tim Fox, Des Moines, Iowa; and John Fox, Apache Junction,
Ariz; her father and stepmother, Porter and Esther Girdley, Booneville,
Ind.; two brothers, Arch Girdley, Grand Junction, Colo., and Richard Girdley,
Booneville, Ind.; and seven grandchildren.
Memorial contributions to the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library
may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Richard "Dick" Harp died March 18 at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor. He
After serving as assistant basketball coach for the legendary F.C.
"Phog" Allen, Harp was KU's head men's basketball coach from 1956 to 1964.
During that time, he coached Wilt Chamberlain and led the team to two conference
titles and two NCAA Tournament berths.
A graduate of Rosedale High School in Kansas City, Mo., Harp came to
KU in 1936 to attend school and play basketball. Before his graduation
in 1940, he was a starter, star and captain of the team.
Harp served in the U.S. Army during World War II and married Martha
Sue Layne in 1944 in Heavener, Okla. She survives of the home.
He was head coach at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., before
joining Allen at KU in 1948 as head assistant and freshman coach. After
Allen's mandatory retirement in 1956, Harp succeeded him.
After leaving KU, Harp served as executive vice president of the Fellowship
of Christian Athletes from 1964 to 1983. In 1986, he went to Chapel Hill,
N.C., to serve as an assistant to University of North Carolina coach Dean
Smith, one of his former players in the early 1950s. He moved back to Lawrence
Other survivors include a son, Richard, Las Vegas; and four grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes,
First Baptist Church, the Good Samaritan Fund at Lawrence Presbyterian
Manor or the Richard Harp Fund of the KU Endowment Association. These may
be sent in care of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
Charles Lee McManness
Charles Lee "Chuck" McManness, 53, died April 10.
He was an asbestos worker at KU until the time of his death.
McManness graduated from KU in 1968 with a degree in graphic arts and
served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He attended Mustard Seed
Fellowship in Lawrence.
He is survived by two daughters, Keely Wright and Tiffany McManness,
and two sons, Tavin McManness and Stacy McManness, all of Lawrence; two
brothers, Gary McManness of Lawrence and Brian McManness of Shawnee; his
mother Flora McManness of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; and four grandchildren.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Children's Life Flight
at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo., made in care of the mortuary.
June Catherine Thomas
June Catherine Thomas, 76, died April 13.
Thomas had worked in the Lawrence Social and Rehabilitation Services
office and then KU's Water Resources Institute before retiring in 1994.
She was a member of Carter Memorial Methodist Church, Needham, Mass.
She married Chester F. Thomas on July 24, 1948, in Needham. He survives
of the home.
Other survivors include three daughters, Christine Ross-Vaze, Lawrence,
Caren Gautney, McLouth, and Cynthia Kruger, Baldwin; and five grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the American Lung Association, sent
in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
Margaret Wilhelm, 74, died April 7.
Wilhelm had worked as a registered nurse at Watkins Health Center at
KU until retiring in 1973. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Survivors include a sister, Nadine Wegner, Mundelein, Ill.; and a brother,
Paul Wilhelm, San Diego. The family suggests memorials to the Good Samaritan
Fund at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral
Katherine Louise Monroe
Katherine Louise Monroe, 72, died April 5.
Monroe worked for the entomology department at KU from the late 1950s
to the late 1960s. She was a member of the St. Luke A.M.E. Church. She
married Waldo M. "Bud" Monroe on April 27, 1947, in Atchison. He died Feb.14,
Survivors include a daughter, Walda Monroe, Lawrence; a son, Stewart
Monroe, Lawrence; a brother, Gary A. Stewart, San Francisco; an aunt who
raised her, Rosie Clayton, Sioux Falls, S.D.; six grandchildren; and three
Raymond Goetz, 77, died May 2.
Goetz was a law professor at KU for 21 years.
Born in Rockford, Ill., Goetz served in the U.S. Navy during World
War II as an aviator. He came to KU as a visiting professor in 1966 after
16 years of private practice in Chicago, where he had been a partner in
the firm of Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather and Geraldson. He received his
J.D. in 1950 from the University of Chicago, where he was associate editor
of the Law Review.
Goetz, who was referred to in The Official Lawyer's Handbook as one
of the few "recognized masters" of the Socratic method, taught contracts
and labor law, plus a seminar on advanced labor law and labor arbitration.
His article on secondary boycotts in the University of Kansas Law Review
became a widely cited classic.
From 1979 to 1984, Goetz served as baseball's sixth permanent arbitrator
on grievances. He also served as permanent umpire for Ford Motor Company
and the United Auto Workers.
Goetz retired from KU at the close of the 1986-87 academic year.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, of the home; four sons, Raymond,
Chicago, Thomas, Longmont, Colo., Steven, Zurich, Switzerland, and Morey,
Austin, Texas; two daughters, Sibyl Goetz Wescoe, Mequon, Wis., and Victoria
Goetz, Lawrence; a sister, Lucy Eklund, Rockford, Ill.; and six grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the KU Endowment Association for the
Spencer Art Museum, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
John G. Clark
John Garretson Clark, 67, died May 3 at his home.
He was a professor of environmental studies and history at KU from
1963 until his retirement in 1997.
During his years at KU, Clark served as assistant dean of research,
acting chair of history and chairman of the environmental studies program.
He received many honors and awards, including a Research Fellowship
at the National Humanities Center, North Carolina; the Jeffrey Balfour
Research Award at KU; Fulbright Award to LaRochelle, France; U.S. Department
of Energy grants; and teaching exchanges in Leicester, England.
Clark earned a bachelor of arts degree from Park College in 1954, his
master's degree from KU in 1960 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University
in 1963. He also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He is survived by two sons, Gary, Fort Collins, Colo., and Steven,
Atascadero, Calif.; a daughter, Larisa Nightingale, Lawrence; a sister,
Nancy Burgett, Lexington, Ky.; and six grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the National Parks and Conservation
Fund or the charity of the donor's choice, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost
O. Dean Gregory
Omar Dean Gregory, 73, died May 15 in Lawrence.
He was an assistant professor in the Department of Linguistics Applied
Born April 13, 1927, in Osborne, Gregory earned a bachelor's degree
from KU in 1949, a master's from Stanford University in 1951 and a doctorate
in 1966 from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. He also studied
at the University of California, Berkeley.
Gregory served in the U.S. Army during World War II, had academic appointments
at American International College, Springfield, Mass., and was professor
in charge and instructor at the Dhahran Branch, American International
College, Saudi Arabia.
He was also an instructor, administrative assistant and project coordinator
for the Ministry of Education in Jakarta and Java; a lecturer in the Peace
Corps teacher training program; a teaching assistant and instructor in
the department of languages and literature at Teachers College, Columbia
University; and director of the English Language Institute at the American
University in Cairo.
Gregory came to KU in 1970. An assistant professor of linguistics,
he became assistant director and later associate director of KU's Applied
English Center. He retired in 1993.
He prepared two books for publication and wrote materials for teaching
English as a foreign language.
Gregory was a member of the National Association for Foreign Student
Affairs, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, American Council
on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, International Association of Teachers
of English as a Foreign Language, Modern Language Association, Linguistic
Society of America, Kansas Teachers of English as a Second Language and
Plymouth Congregational Church.
He is survived by his wife, Irawati Sofion, of the home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Plymouth Congregational Church
Maintenance Fund, in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Ernest J. Vanek, 88, died May 19 near his home in Bella Vista, Ark.
Vanek lettered in four sports before graduating from KU and serving
as an assistant basketball coach and director of the National Youth Administration
of Douglas County. He also coached at Herington, Wichita, North Topeka
High and College of Emporia before entering the sporting goods business
as sales and general manager for 28 years.
His wife, Dorothy Streit, survives of the home. Other survivors include
two sons, Larry, Tulsa, Okla., and Michael, Peoria, Ill.; a stepson, Richard
Streit, Kansas; a stepdaughter, Marilyn Zastrow, Grand Island, Neb.; five
grandchildren; and eight stepgrandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to Bella Vista Community Church, 75 E.
Lancashire, Bella Vista, Ark. 72714; or the KU Athletic Department Williams
Beulah Elizabeth Hall, 89, died May 15.
A graduate of Lawrence Business College, she worked for the Kansas
House of Representatives and the State Corporation Commission when Alf
Landon was governor, and worked for the U.S. Army Finance Office in Kansas
City, Kan., during World War II. She retired in 1976 after working as a
bookkeeper for Watkins Hospital at KU for 13 years.
Survivors include a son, Warren Hall, Topeka; a daughter, Linda Lobb,
Tonganoxie; three brothers; four sisters and four grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to Meals on Wheels, sent in care of Quisenberry
Funeral Home, Tonganoxie.
Elizabeth Sherbon, an assistant to dance legend Martha Graham and longtime
professor of dance at KU, died June 7 in Lawrence. She was 92.
A memorial service in the Elizabeth Sherbon Dance Theatre in Robinson
Center on the KU campus is pending in the fall.
She was born Jan. 13, 1908. She graduated from KU in 1930 with degrees
in physical education, specializing in dance.
In 1931, she attended the Denishawn School of Dance in New York City
to study with Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, who along with Isadora Duncan
founded American modern dance.
In 1932, Sherbon earned a master's degree from the University of Iowa.
Sherbon moved to New York to dance with the Martha Graham Dance Company.
She performed in several of Graham's classic works, including "Primitive
Mysteries"and "Celebration," and served as Graham's teaching assistant.
In 1961 she returned to Lawrence to direct the dance program at KU.
In 1968, her widely used college text, On the Count of One, was published.
The fourth edition was printed in 1990.
Sherbon retired in 1975. In 1985, KU named a Robinson Center studio
theatre in her honor. In 1993, Sherbon received the City of Lawrence Cultural
Enhancement Award for her contributions to the artistic and cultural life
Survivors include a brother, David Sherbon, Kentfield, Calif.
Memorials may be made to the Elizabeth Sherbon Dance Scholarship, KU
Endowment Association, P.O. Box 928, Lawrence, KS 66044.
Glen M. McGonigle died June 9 in Eudora. He was 84.
McGonigle came to KU in 1957, first as an assistant instructor and
supervisor and later as director of laboratories in the Department of Physics
and Astronomy. He retired in 1980.
He received his master's of science degree from KU.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, of the home; a daughter, Jennifer
Liebnitz, Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters, Fern Savory, Walnut, Ill., and
Norma Krieger, Ohio, Ill.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A son, Dennis, died earlier.
The family suggests memorials to the Eudora Nursing Center or Douglas
County Visiting Nurses Association, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Vernon Victor Geissler, 80, Lawrence, died July 24, 2000. He founded
KU Career and Employment Services and was its director until 1988. He also
was associate director of career planning and placement at Kansas State
Survivors include his wife, Winnifred, of the home; and a stepdaughter,
Christina Pederson, Lafayette, Colo.
The family suggests memorials to the Good Samaritan Fund at Lawrence
Presbyterian Manor, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
James "Don" Callahan, 80, Lawrence, died July 19, 2000. He was an electrician
for KU Facilities and Operations until 1987.
Survivors include his wife, Eleanor, of the home; a daughter, Dianne
Coffee, Topeka; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
A son, Larry, died earlier.
The family suggests memorials to Caring Hearts of Eudora, Midland Hospice
or Indian Hills Church of God, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Edward J. McBride
Edward J. McBride, 86, Lawrence, died Feb. 5, 2000. He was a professor
of engineering at KU from 1952 to 1982.
During his first 10 years at KU, he served as chairman of the mechanical
engineering department. In 1973, he received the HOPE Award for outstanding
teaching from the senior class.
Survivors include his wife, Helen, of the home; three daughters, Mary
McBride, Des Moines, Iowa; Margaret McBride, San Antonio; and Ann McBride,
Middleton, Wis.; a son, Edward Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo.; and nine grandchildren.
Edna May (Old) Thompson, 93, Lawrence, died July 23, 2000. She was
a laboratory assistant in the KU botany department.
She earned a bachelor's degree in 1928 and a master's degree in biology
in 1930, both from KU.
Survivors include a daughter, Judith Getz, Lawrence; and two grandchildren.
Max M. Thomas, 79, Las Cruces, N.M., died July 20, 2000.
He was director of the KU fire service training division from 1966
until he retired in 1986. He also was an instructor for the fireman's training
Survivors include his wife, Vera, of the home; a son, John Michael,
Tucson, Ariz.; and a grandchild. The family suggests memorials to the Oklahoma
Firefighters Memorial, Box 11507, Oklahoma City, OK 73115, or First United
Methodist Church, 946 Vermont St., Lawrence 66044.
Anna Elizabeth Yahn
Anna Elizabeth Yahn, 94, Lawrence, died Aug. 4, 2000. She was a librarian
in continuing education and retired in 1975.
The family suggests memorials to the Lawrence Humane Society, sent
in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Francis Czupor, 82, Lawrence, died Sept. 12 in Lawrence. He was an
electrical technician at KU for 26 years. He married Mary Penzes in 1946
in Germany. She survives, of the home.
Other survivors include a son, Z. James, Denver; and a daughter, Kathy
Czupor, Vienna, Va. A daughter, Eva Marie Czupor, died in 1947.
Memorials are suggested to Central United Methodist Church or Lone
Star Church of the Brethren. They may be sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral
Home, which is in charge of arrangements.
Lorene Eldora Godfrey, 87, Lawrence, died Sept. 13 in Lawrence. She
worked at KU¼s Watkins Memorial Hospital for 18 years before retiring
Survivors include two sons, Harold and Clifford, both of Lawrence;
two daughters, Jenny Stowe and Betty Schrader, both of Lawrence; a brother,
Loren Snow, Lawrence; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and six
Memorials are suggested to Hospice Care of Douglas County. They may
be sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.
Carol L. Johnson
Carol L. Johnson, 72, Salina, died Aug. 27 at Salina Regional Health
Center. She was a secretary for the KU math department and later worked
at the Hall Center for Humanities and the Life Span Institute before leaving
KU in 1986.
Survivors include two sons, Philip Johnson, Courtland, and John E.
Johnson, Beloit; two daughters, Mary DeArmond, Abilene, and Laura Otte,
Brooklyn, N.Y.; six grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Mariana Lohrenz Remple, 87, died Sept. 19, 2000, at the KU Medical
Center. She did graduate work at KU from 1946 to 1948 and taught at KU
for a year.
She married Henry D. Remple on Aug. 1, 1936. He survives of the home.
Other survivors include a daughter, Lucy Jean McAllister, Afton, Minn.;
a son, Robert Keith Remple, Capitola, Calif.; and a grandchild.
The family suggests memorials to the Girl Scouts of Kaw Valley Council,
Topeka, or Tabor College, Hillsboro.
Robert Sheard, 81, died Sept. 28, 2000, at the KU Medical Center. He
was a landscape engineer for KU from 1951 until he retired in 1981.
He married Laurene M. Harrell in 1939. She survives of the home. A
son, Forest E. Sheard, died in 1943. Other survivors include a daughter,
Sharon Cobb, Lawrence; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to Sarcoxie Fire Department, sent in
care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
Roy D. Laird
Roy Dean Laird, 75, died Oct. 21 in Lawrence.
Laird joined the KU Department of Political Science in 1957 and was
affiliated with the Russian and East European studies program.
He was born in Blue Hill, Neb., and served in the Navy from 1944 to
Laird received a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1947 from Hastings
College, a master’s degree in political science in 1952 from the University
of Nebraska, and a Ph.D. in political science in 1956 from the University
He came to KU from the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C.,
where he served as a research analyst for one year.
Internationally recognized in the field of Soviet agriculture, Laird
became known as the “Last of the Old Cold Warriors.” He authored or co-authored
16 books and monographs, more than 80 articles and book chapters, and wrote
numerous book reviews and newspaper articles.
He was awarded grants for research in Soviet agriculture carried out
in 1952-53 in Glasgow, Scotland, 1963-64 in Munich, Germany, 1966 in rural
Mexico and 1967 in Yugoslavia and Poland.
Laird was a mentor and advocate for numerous graduate students in Soviet
studies. In 1962 he founded the International Conference on Soviet and
East European Agriculture at KU. He is listed in Who’s Who in America and
Who’s Who in the World.
Laird retired as professor emeritus in 1990, but continued to do research
and mentor graduate students.
Survivors include his wife, Betty, of the home; two sons, Claude, Lawrence,
and David, Nevada, Iowa; a daughter, Heather, Kansas City, Mo.; a sister,
Louana Collins, Lancaster, Calif.; and four grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to the Roy and Betty Laird Russian and
East European Studies Essay Competition, sent in care of the KU Endowment
Association, P.O. Box 928, Lawrence, KS 66044, or to the Willa Cather Pioneer
Memorial, 326 N. Webster, Red Cloud, NE 68970.
Judy Bornheim, 56, died Oct. 6 at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City,
Kan. She was controller for the KU Endowment Association for 25 years.
Survivors include a daughter, Dawn Thompson, Lawrence; her mother, Elsie
Smith-Avery, Lawrence; a brother, Bob Avery, Lawrence; a sister, Gayle
Mead; and three grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Bornheim
College Fund or Plymouth Congregational Church. They may be sent in care
of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence.
Willie Clemons Jr.
Willie Clemons Jr., 52, Lawrence, died Oct. 14 at Lawrence Memorial
Hospital. He had been a custodial specialist at KU since May 1999. Survivors
include a daughter, Janie Clemons, Morrilton, Ark.; five sons, Joe and
Danny, both of Lawrence, and Richie, Eric and Reggie, all of Morrilton,
Ark.; and 17 grandchildren.
Kathryn Loy Calvin
Kathryn Loy Calvin, 89, died Aug. 29 in Brighton, Mich. She taught
in the KU Department of Sociology after working with the Federal Relief
Agency and Central Trades Council from 1933 to 1960. Survivors include
two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
The family suggests memorials to the Friends of the Shelter or Douglas
County Historical Society, sent in care of the Bryant-Christians Funeral
Home, 1425 Patton Road, Great Bend, KS 67530.
Jennie Thompson, 98, Franklin County, died Oct. 24. She had been a
cook for the KU residence halls. Survivors include a daughter, Irma Fine,
Lawrence, nine grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. Her husband,
Howard Kalb, died in 1975.
Perry M. McNally, 84, Bartlesville, Okla., died Oct. 20.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in geology in 1939 from KU and worked
for the Kansas and United States Geological Surveys for more than two years.
He then joined the Phillips Petroleum Co., where he worked in domestic
and international oil exploration until retiring in 1981. He was a member
of the KU Athletic Letterman’s “K” Club and received his 50-year pin in
His wife, Ethel Alfaretta Carnahan, died in 1996. Survivors include
two daughters, Elaine Nelson, Lawrence, and Jean Ann Whelan, Lafayette,
Colo.; a son, Michael Jon, Tyler, Tex.; and three grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials in his name to the Children’s Hospital
Fund, Akdar Shrine, 20 E. 21st St., Tulsa, OK 74115, or First United Methodist
Church, 500 S.E. Johnstone, Bartlesville, OK 74003.
Maria “Dee” Little
Maria “Dee” Little, 49, Lawrence, died Oct. 27 at Lawrence Memorial
Hospital. She had been a food service worker at Oliver Hall. She married
Earnest Little on April 23, 1982. He survives of the home. Other survivors
include her parents, Lawrence; six daughters, Tonya Engle, Blue Springs,
Mo., Andrea Edwards, Lisa Logan, Kamari Logan, Sarah Little and Ernestine
Little, all of Lawrence; two sons, Stephen Logan, Atlanta, and Brett Logan
of Lawrence; and 16 grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the
Dee Little Children’s Education Fund, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Wanda Joy Putthoff
Wanda Joy Putthoff, 67, Bartlesville, Okla., died Oct. 25 at her home.
She had been a legal secretary for KU. She married James E. Putthoff on
June 13, 1953. He survives of the home. Other survivors include a son,
Bradley Putthoff, Broken Arrow, Okla.; a daughter, Lynette Dunkin, Sapulpa,
Okla.; and two grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Jane
Phillips Hospice, sent in care of the Bluestern Regional Medical Development
Foundation, 3500 S.E. Frank Phillips Blvd., Bartlesville OK 74006.
Connie L. Handley Ailstock, 83, Lawrence, died Nov. 2 at her home.
She had been a director in the KU residence hall system for 24 years. Her
husband, Thomas L. Ailstock, died Feb. 28, 1993. The family suggests memorials
to St. Luke’s A.M.E. Church. They may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain
Patricia Ann Wolfe, 66, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., died Nov. 9. She had
been building supervisor at the Burge Union and an administrative assistant
for Frank Burge. Survivors include five sons, Michael, Timothy, Stephen,
Thomas and John Wolfe; five daughters, Teresa Gerard, Kathleen Schiano,
Mary Danielak, Margaret Cox and Maureen Moore; and 15 grandchildren. Memorials
are suggested to St. Mary Catholic Central, 108 W. Elm Ave., Monroe MI
Alice H. Chapman, 87, Topeka, died Nov. 10 at her home. She had been
secretary to Chancellor Deane W. Malott. She married Forrest M. Chapman
on Feb. 10, 1945, in Lawrence. He survives of the home. Other survivors
include a daughter, Susan L. Chapman, Albuquerque, N.M.; and a brother,
Clitus Hosford, Prairie Village. A son, Forrest Jr., died in 1976. The
family suggests memorials to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1275 Boswell,
Zelda Mae Dick
Zelda Mae Dick, 87, Oskaloosa, died Nov. 17 in Nortonville. She had
been a custodial worker at KU. She married Clifford Jackson “Jack” Dick
on Oct. 1, 1930, in Oskaloosa. He died in 1983. Survivors include two sons,
Clifford L. Dick, Oskaloosa, and Max Dick, Perry; two daughters, Cleo A.
Tillery, Valley Falls, and Geraldine Vanover, Topeka; 15 grandchildren;
24 great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Marie Jacobson, 87, Enterprise, died Nov. 22 in Enterprise. She had
been a secretary at KU. She married Arvid D. Jacobson on Dec. 6, 1945.
He died in 1989. Survivors include two sons, William B. Guthrie, Columbia,
S.C., and Arvid V. Jacobson, Junction City; three grandchildren and three
Carolyn M. Helmer, 87, Lawrence, died Nov. 25 at home. She had worked
for 22 years at KU, where she was a food service supervisor. She married
Ray F. Helmer on Jan. 9, 1943, in Yates Center. He died in 1975. Survivors
include a daughter, Susan Helmer, Lawrence; a son, Charles, Lawrence; and
three grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Trinity Lutheran
Church or Hospice of Douglas County.