Miscellaneous University of Kansas Obituaries 2001

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Ruth Ann Blanchard
Ruth Ann (Hamilton) Blanchard, 80, of Kansas City, Kan., died Nov. 2 (2000) at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka after a brief illness. She was an assistant professor of physical therapy in the School of Allied Health at the KU Medical Center from 1974 to 1991. 
Blanchard attended Washburn University in Topeka and received a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University. She earned her master’s degree in physical therapy education from Stanford University in 1948.
She received the Amoco Outstanding Classroom Teaching Award in 1979 and the Norton Distinguished Teaching Award in 1984. In 1987, KU physical therapy students gave her special recognition as their “finest teacher.” She retired after 18 years at the KU Medical Center. She was a member of the Kansas Physical Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association. Survivors include two sisters, Dorothy E. Fun and Helen H. Barnes, both of Topeka, and nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorials to the Ruth Blanchard Memorial Fund at the Physical Therapy Education Department of the KU Medical Center.

Andrew D. Mitchell
Andrew (Andy) Davis Mitchell died at his home in Prairie Village on Nov. 23 (2000). He was an instructor in urology at KU Medical Center until 1952, when he became a diplomat of the American Board of Urology. Mitchell earned bachelor’s, master’s and medical degrees from KU.
He later entered private practice with his partner, Raymond (Bud) W. Stockton, and practiced medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital until retiring in 1987. After retiring, he taught anatomy and physiology at Penn Valley Community College School of Nursing.
Mitchell is survived by his wife of 31 years, Arlene Milberger Mitchell; his daughter, Melissa Finstead; his sons, Andrew (Drew) Werner Mitchell and Sam Ware Mitchell; and seven grandchildren. 
The family requests that donations be made to St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation for Medical Education, Planned Parenthood or St. Luke’s Shawnee Mission Hospice.

John Joseph James Talleur 
John Talleur, professor emeritus of art and honorary print curator, died Nov. 27 (2000). Talleur was known for bringing the printmaking program to KU. He had retired after more than 40 years of teaching.
He was born in Chicago in 1925. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1947. In 1951, he earned a master’s degree from the University of Iowa, where he studied with Mauricio Lasansky. He received a Fulbright Fellowship in 1953 for study in France. Later that year he joined the faculty at KU.
Talleur’s etchings and paintings have been the subject of numerous exhibits at KU. His works were also exhibited around the United States and abroad, including the exhibition “Surrealism: An American Attitude” at the Thomas McCormick Gallery in Chicago earlier this year. He received the Kansas Governor’s Arts Award in 1998.
Survivors include daughter Ann Talleur, Lawrence, and two grandchildren.

Robert Lamberton
Robert Lamberton, 78, died Nov. 13 (2000) at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He taught engineering at KU. 
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Grove Lamberton; sons Bill Lamberton, Watkins Glen, N.Y.; John Lamberton, Kansas City, Kan.; and David Lamberton, McLean, Va.; daughter Rebecca Mann, Arlington, Va.; brother Chris Lamberton, Miami; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 
The family suggests memorial contributions to Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City, Kan.

Frank Wilson
Frank Warren Wilson, 73, died Feb. 2, 2001, at his home. He had been a senior geologist for the Kansas Geological Survey for more than 26 years, retiring in 1994. He also was adjunct professor for KU’s Department of Geology from 1979 to 1986. Survivors include two sons, Jeffrey, Poulsbo, Wash., and Joseph, Lawrence; a brother, David, Nampa, Idaho; a sister, Dorothy Slentz, Prairie Village; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Operation Wildlife or the Salvation Army. They may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, which was in charge of arrangements.

Paul Burchett
Paul R. Burchett, 82, Lawrence, died Jan. 25, 2001, at his caregiver’s home. He worked at KU as a painter for 18 years. He retired in 1986. He married Betty Beers on July 22, 1950, in Lawrence. She died April 13, 1994. Survivors include a daughter, Paulett Gibson, Lawrence; a son, Jimmy, Lawrence; a grandchild and two great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Francis McGreevy
Francis W. McGreevy, 76, Lawrence, died Feb. 11, 2001, in Lawrence. He was a maintenance technician at KU for 20 years, and retired in 1989. Survivors include his wife, Ethel, of the home; a daughter, Connie Harrod, Lawrence; three brothers, Emmett of Topeka, Robert of Lawrence, and John of Salina; and two grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the organization of the donor’s choice, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Dolpho French
Dolpho Alexander French, 96, Eudora, died Feb. 9, 2001, at Eudora Nursing Center. He worked in the KU botany
department. His wife, Florence May, died in 1983. Survivors include a brother, Homer, Eudora, and a sister, Madge Torneden, Baldwin. Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Helen Mullenix
Helen M. Mullenix, 88, Lawrence, died Feb. 14, 2001, in Lawrence. She had been a food service employee at KU. Her husband, Marvin, preceded her in death. Survivors include a son, Douglas of McLouth; a daughter, Marlene Ebeling of Lawrence; a brother, Harold Blazek of Claflin; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Claflin United Methodist Church of the charity of the donor’s choice. They may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, which handled arrangements.

Emma Frye
Emma Elizabeth Frye, 89, Lawrence, died Feb. 13, 2001, in Lawrence. She had been a cook for KU’s athletics department. Her husband, John, died in 1977. Survivors include a son, Jack, Neosho Falls; four daughters, Margaret Davis and Mary Jo Hadl, both of Lawrence, Judy Hill of Lathrop, Mo., and Marilyn Klaasmeyer of Eudora; a brother, Leonard Trapp of Camdenton, Mo.; 20 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Eudora United Methodist Church Building Fund. They may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, which handled arrangements.

Theodore M. O’Leary
Theodore M. O’Leary, former KU basketball player, died Monday, Feb. 6, after a stroke. He was 90. O’Leary led the Big Six in scoring, was an All-American in 1931-32 under Phog Allen, was the No. 1 player on the KU tennis team and earned a Phi Beta Kappa key for excellence in scholarship. O’Leary took a class from basketball inventor James Naismith. Following his career at KU, O’Leary continued to play competitive tennis, edited a hobbyists’ magazine, was a Midwest correspondent for Sports Illustrated and a free-lance book reviewer for the Kansas City Star, a job he held for 60 years.

Edward Basset
Edward Basset, 72, died March 1. He was a former dean of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications and a former associate vice chancellor. Survivors include his wife, Karen Jack Basset; daughters Sara Williams and Laura Basset; and four grandchildren.

Harry Johnson
Harry Johnson, 76, died Feb. 16. He taught applied mechanics until 1951 and was president of Tau Beta Pi honorary engineering society and a member of Sigma Xi scientific research society. Survivors include his wife, Janice; daughters Anne Johnson and Laurel Larsen; and five grandchildren. 

Ellen Mae Lefferd
Ellen Mae Lefferd, 82, died Feb. 20. She was a cafeteria employee in the Kansas Union and retired in 1981. Survivors include a son, Richard Osborn; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Emmanuel Lutheran Church in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Elmer Morris
Elmer Morris, 72, died Feb. 25. He was a carpenter for facilities operations for 24 years before retiring. Survivors include four daughters, Linda Sue King, Debra Ann Pearson, Christina Lynn Messineo and Sandra Capizzi; a son, Lyle; one brother; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

James Tucker
James Tucker, 69, died March 2. He worked as a maintenance welder from 1959 to 1961. He is survived by his wife, Janice; a son, Jason; and two grandchildren.

Jessie Tucker
Jessie Tucker, 94, died Feb. 20. She worked in the registrar’s office and retired as executive secretary to the adjutant general in 1971. Survivors include a nephew; a niece; five great-nieces and nephews; and two great-great-nieces and nephews. The family suggests memorials to the charity of the donor’s choice in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

William Turner
William Turner, 77, died Feb. 25. He was a power plant operator at the KU Medical Center for 22 years and retired in 1991. Survivors include a son, Ronal William; a daughter, Linda Sue Ross; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to William J. Turner Memorial Fund in care of Bruce Funeral Home.

Richard M. Rundquist
Richard M. Rundquist, former director of the University Counseling Center, died Friday, April 20 at his Lawrence home. 
David Ambler, vice chancellor of student affairs, spoke of his legacy at KU. “Dick served KU, the School of Education and the Division of Student Affairs with distinction. He contributed much to our development as a student affairs program and particularly to the development of guidance, counseling and career planning services on this campus. I shall greatly miss this giant of our division, profession and University.”
Rundquist was born Jan. 8, 1922, in Peoria, Ill. He earned two undergraduate degrees from the University of Missouri, where he also earned a doctoral degree in educational psychology in 1952.
Rundquist came to KU in 1953. He became director of the Counseling Center as well as chairman of the department in 1975. He served in those two capacities until his retirement in 1985.
Rundquist married Patty Goodrich June 18, 1948, in Webster Grove, Mo. She survives, of the home. Other survivors include three sons, Eric Marshall and David Bjorn, both of Lawrence, and Steven Clay, Fort Collins, Colo., and a grandchild.

Paul E. Wilson
Paul E. Wilson, John H. and John M. Kane distinguished professor emeritus of law, died Sunday, April 22, 2001, in Lawrence. Dean Stephen McAllister spoke for the law community when he said, “Paul’s importance to the law school cannot be overstated. He taught generations of lawyers about the law and about the responsibility that goes with being a member of the bar. He was beloved by alumni and held in great esteem by all members of the Kansas bar.”
Wilson was born in 1913 near Quenemo. He received his undergraduate degree and master’s degree in history from the University of Kansas and his law degree from Washburn University. He practiced law in Ashland and Lyndon and was Osage County attorney. In 1951 he became an assistant Kansas attorney general. He argued for Kansas in the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education.
In 1957, he was appointed to the faculty of the KU law school. An outstanding teacher and scholar, he was named the first John H. and John M. Kane distinguished professor of Law. 
Wilson married Harriet E. Stephens in 1941. Other survivors include three daughters, Betsy Marvin, Polly Orbin, and Eileen Unruh, and a son, David Wilson, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mary Rosenbloom
Mary Rosenbloom, 43, died April 30 after suffering a brain aneurysm. She had been external relations librarian for University Libraries and had just been named interim librarian of the Gorton Music and Dance Library. She is survived by her husband, Joshua Rosenbloom, KU professor of economics; three sons, Nathan, Benjamin and Timothy; her father, four brothers and a sister. Rosenbloom suffered the aneurysm at the end of a Lawrence Civic Choir performance in which she was participating.
Bill Crowe, Spencer librarian, was one of Rosenbloom’s many friends. He described her as a woman who cared passionately about students. 
“She loved working with the students,” he said. “She would help them in any way that she could.” 
Crowe said Rosenbloom was a deeply devoted daughter, wife and mother to her three young sons — whom she frequently talked about. 
“She loved those kids,” he said. “She was a great person, and she will be missed.” 
Julia Rholes, interim dean of libraries, said Rosenbloom´s death was an enormous loss to the university and Lawrence communities. She said the department was devastated. 
“Mary was a lovely, warm person,” Rholes said. “She was very full of energy and always very enthusiastic.”
She remembered Rosenbloom as a talented writer and singer. 
The family suggests memorials to the Lawrence Civic Choir or the KU Libraries, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Carl Slough
Major Carl Slough, 82, of Topeka, former dean of the School of Law and faculty editor of the Kansas Law Review, died April 16. He married Adele Bernero on July 27, 1950. She died Dec. 31, 1995. Survivors include two sons, Jim, Lawrence, and Robert, Topeka; two sisters, Jane McCollum, Omaha, Neb., and Susan Pratt, Cincinnati; and four grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Major Carl Slough Memorial Fund, sent in care of the Piper Verschelden Funeral Home, 714 Maple, Saint Marys, 66536.

Jo Ann Douglas
Jo Ann Douglas, 77, died May 14, 2001. She worked for the loan department of the KU Endowment Association. She is survived by William H. Douglas Jr., whom she married on Oct. 16, 1953. Other survivors include two sons, William Douglas III, Eagle, Colo., and Bruce Douglas, San Francisco; two daughters, Margaret, Overland Park, and Nancy Wallace, Kingwood, Texas; two brothers; and one grandchild. The family suggests memorials to the Jo Ann Douglas Fund at KU Endowment Association, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Donovan James Eck
Donovan James Eck, 31, Lawrence, died May 16 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a long illness. He had been a telecommunications engineer at KU for two years. Survivors include his parents, Ozawkie; a brother, two sisters; and his grandmothers.

Howard Kahane
Howard Kahane, a philosopher who sought to rid logic of its strict mathematical connotations, making it instead a tool for assessing the truthfulness of anything, including political statements, advertisements, and school textbooks, died on May 2 in Mill Valley, Calif. He was 73.
Born April 19, 1928, in Cleveland, Kahane received a bachelor’s degree in 1954, and a master’s degree in 1958, from the University of California at Los Angeles. He received a Ph.D. in 1962 from the University of Pennsylvania.
Kahane began working as an assistant professor of philosophy at KU in 1964 and was later promoted to associate professor.
Before becoming professor of philosophy at Baruch College in New York, he also taught at Whitman College, American University, and the University of Maryland at Baltimore.
Kahane published his best-known work, “Logic and Contemporary Rhetoric: The Use of Reason in Everyday Life” in 1971. In it he sought to teach students how to use logical principles to spot correct or fallacious reasoning in a wide variety of contemporary political and social debates. At the time of his death, the book had been through eight editions, and a ninth was in preparation.
He is survived by a daughter, Bonnie, of New York City, and his companion, Nancy Cavender of Mill Valley.

Edith Cecil Lewis
Edith Cecil Lewis, 90, of Denver died May 17. She worked in the Geology Department at KU. Lewis was born in Linwood, Kan., on Aug. 21, 1910. She married Leland Lewis in 1935. Survivors include daughter Judy Gale of Castle Rock and a grandchild.

Marie Arnett
Marie Arnett, 78, died June 10 at the Eudora Nursing Center. She had worked as a baker for Naismith Hall and Watkins Hospital at KU until retiring in 1986. She married Lewis Arnett in 1939 in Fredonia. He died in 1988. Survivors include three sons, Carl and Bob Arnett, both of Lawrence, and Alvin Nelson, St. Charles, Mo.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Douglas County Visiting Nurses or Lawrence Humane Society, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Dean Bottorff
Dean Bottorff, 78, died June 7 at a Laguna Hills, Calif., nursing home. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, he was athletic department equipment manager for KU. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Yvonne; three daughters, Stephanie Franca of Riverside, Jody of Laguna Niguel and Dana of Massachusetts; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Dr. Lewis L. Coriell
Dr. Lewis L. Coriell, a scientist and physician who founded the Camden-based Coriell Institute for Medical Research and whose pioneering work in growing human cells enabled Jonas Salk to develop a polio vaccine, died June 19 of cancer. It was his 90th birthday. Coriell earned his doctorate in 1940 and his M.D. in 1942 from KU.
He was chosen by the National Poliomyelitis Foundation to evaluate the Salk polio virus vaccine clinical trials in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. The success of the program led to the release of the Salk vaccine nationwide.
The cell culture collections that he initiated during research grew into the world’s largest collections of human cells for study.

David Noel Erwin
David Noel Erwin, 55, an award-winning scientist and expert in the field of bioelectromagnetics, died June 1. He worked for two years as an instructor in the department of physiology at the KU Medical Center.
In 1975, he obtained a doctorate in physiology and biophysics from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City. His early research was on radiation science.
For more than 15 years, he conducted research on microwave biological effects. 
Five years ago, Erwin attained the civil service equivalent of general officer rank in the Senior Executive Service. The service is composed of civilian men and women who administer public programs at the highest levels of the federal government.
Erwin is survived by his wife, Kathy Cooke; two daughters, Shannon Erwin and Kerry Buttress, both of Tulsa, Okla.; and his mother, Emily Margaret Erwin of Oklahoma City.

Helen Evelyn Homolka
Helen Evelyn Homolka, 91, died June 21 at her home. She worked for KU Food Services for 10 years after earning a degree in dietetics from KU. Survivors include a nephew and a niece. The family suggests memorials to Claflin Scholarship Fund, directed to future KU students, sent in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, 415 Main, Hoisington, KS 67544.

Richard Dyer MacCann
Richard Dyer MacCann, 80, died June 28 at Greenwood Manor, Iowa City, Iowa. He was a professor of film at KU from 1965 to 1969. He married Donnarae Thompson Oct. 12, 1957. She survives of the home. The family suggests memorials in his name to the Christian Science Monitor, P.O. Box 98, Boston, MA 02117-0098 or to the KU Department of Theatre and Film.

John Hamlin Petefish
John Hamlin Petefish, 59, Lawrence, died June 20 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was a custodial worker in student housing at KU from 1993 to 1997. He is survived by a daughter, Marci Petefish, Kansas City, Mo.

Carmen Purcell
Carmen Luisa Ferrer Purcell died July 6 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was the retired personnel director for the housing department at KU. She married John W. Purcell Jr. on May 18, 1944, in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. He survives of the home. Other survivors include two daughters, Patricia Lee Purcell-Wilson, Fairfax, Va., and Carmen Milagros Dessault, Athens, Tenn.; a son, John W. Purcell III, Lawrence; three grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the KU Medical Center ALS Clinic, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Bobby G. Roberts
Bobby G. Roberts, 69, Lawrence, died May 29 at his home. He worked as a steamfitter for KU. He married Shirley Anderson May 31, 1951. She survives of the home. Other survivors include three daughters, Jeanne Michel, Christy Jones and Cindy Roberts, all of Lawrence; and four grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Hospice Care of Douglas County, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Randy Russell
Randy Lee Russell, 38, Lawrence, died July 8 in an automobile accident in Jefferson County. He worked for the landscape shop of Facilities Operations for the past 20 years. He married Vanessa McTaggert. They later divorced. He then married Jeannie Fuller Hamlin on March 10, 2001. She survives of the home. Other survivors include his three sons, Jason, Bradley and Joshua, all of Lawrence. The family suggests memorials to the Educational Fund for Randy’s Children, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Chancellor Hemenway issued a statement expressing his and KU’s deepest sympathies to Randy Russell’s friends and family. “Our hearts go out to Jeannie, his wife, who is an employee of Student Housing, and to his children.”

Virginia Imogene Stone
Virginia Imogene Stone, 91, Eudora, died June 20 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She worked at KU as the director of Joseph R. Pearson Residence Hall. She married Clayton L. Stone on Aug. 12, 1935. He died in 1977. Survivors include a son, Darryl Stone, Lawrence; a daughter, Darleene Stone Overstreet, Moscow, Idaho; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. A daughter, Donnis Reinken, died in 1993. The family suggests memorials to Eudora Nursing Center, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

John C. Wright
Former KU professor John C. Wright, 68, was killed in a two-car accident July 9 near Brainerd, Minn. Another man died in the crash; a Lawrence man, Paul Jefferson, 41, was injured.
Wright is survived by his wife, former KU professor Aletha Huston. She was in Texas at the time of the accident. Wright and Huston were prominent researchers and co-directors of the Center for Research on the Influences of Television on Children. They left KU in 1996 after more than 20 years and joined the faculty at the University of Texas-Austin, where CRITC is now based.
“John Wright was a distinguished member of the KU community for many years,” said Provost David Shulenburger. “His friends and colleagues here are stunned and saddened by news of his death. We grieve, as well, for Professor Aletha Huston, who was John’s partner in every respect, and whose loss is so great.”

Stanton Ball
Stanton Mock Ball, 67, Fort Worth, Texas, died Aug. 1 at a Dallas hospital. He worked at the Kansas Geological Survey until he received his Ph.D. in geology from KU in 1964. He received the Haworth Award for outstanding work in geology from KU faculty. He married Artis Olson on Dec. 28, 1955, in Lawrence. She survives of the home. Other survivors include a daughter, Becky Ball, Indianapolis; a son, David, Evergreen, Colo.; and five grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Geology Associates Fund: Department of Geology, KU, Lawrence, 66045-2124.

Ruth Coombs
Ruth Stokes Coombs, 92, Salt Lake City, died July 2 in Salt Lake City. She worked at the Bureau of Visual Instruction at KU. She married L. Madison Coombs June 1, 1932, in Fulton, Mo. He died in 1990. Survivors include two sons, Fred S. Coombs, Urbana, Ill., and F. Alan Coombs, Salt Lake City; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Frank Cross
Frank Bernard Cross, 75, Lawrence, died July 19 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He was a professor of systematics and ecology at KU from 1951 until he retired in 1991. He also was a curator for the Natural History Museum. He married Marie Zepplin on Nov. 24, 1954, in Lawrence. She survives of the home. Survivors also include one son, Frank Bertram Cross of Austin, Texas; two daughters, Betty Sue Cross of Maryland Heights, Mo., and Julie Cross Hoko of Madison, Conn.; and one grandchild. The family suggests memorials to the Kansas Endowment Association for the Department of Ichthyology or to the charity of donor’s choice and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Ian Davis
Ian Davis, 84, died July 8 at the Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, Calif. He worked in the traffic and security department at KU for 23 years until his retirement in 1982. He married Madelyne Wilda Roberts on Sept. 6, 1938. She survives of the home. Other survivors include four children; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Memorials may be given to the Disabled American Veterans, 41-865 Boardwalk, Suite 103, Palm Desert, CA 92211.

Chez Haehl
Chez J. Haehl, 81, Lawrence, died July 17 at his home. He was an associate professor of theatre and University Theatre costumer at KU from 1963 until he retired in 1985. He married Gretchen Fosket on July 8, 1949, in Reno, Nev. She survives of the home. Other survivors include three sons, Earl L. Haehl, Lawrence, J. Stanley Haehl, Lawrence, and Greg D. Haehl, Lawrence; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Lawrence Community Theatre, Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association or Hospice of Douglas County, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

William Hudson
William S. Hudson, 79, Lawrence, died July 11 at his home. He worked for the KU housing department. He married Eva L. Baysinger on June 6, 1943, in Lawrence. She survives of the home. Other survivors include three daughters, Judy Gibler and Sara Hudson, both of Lawrence, and Sue Gibbs, Jarbalo, Ks.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association or the American Lung Association, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Eileen Murphy
Eileen Alanna “Bebe” Murphy, 74, died July 25 at Specialty Hospital of Mid-America in Overland Park. She received a master of fine arts in textile design from KU and taught in the design department from 1969 to 1992. Survivors include a sister, Nan Finucane, Leawood. The family suggests memorials to St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Saralinda Rhodes
Saralinda Alexander Rhodes, 50, died July 11, near Litchfield, Calif. She was a reference librarian at KU. Survivors include her parents, Robert and Ellen Alexander, Oakland, Calif.; and a sister, Elise Alexander-Stone, Sonoma, Calif. The family suggests memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Olin Petefish
Olin K. Petefish, 89, Lawrence, died July 18 at Brandon Woods Retirement Community. He received numerous honors and awards from KU, including the Distinguished Service Award, Fred Ellsworth Award for Unique and Significant Service to KU, Olin K. Petefish Research Award in Basic Sciences, and KU’s Higher Education Leadership Award. He served KU in many capacities, including former trustee, KU Center for Research, Inc.; former chairman, KU Endowment Association board of trustees, where he also was past chairman of the finance committee; former member of the 100th KU Anniversary Council for Progress committee; life member of KU Alumni Association and Chancellor’s Club; past president, KU Memorial Union Corp., Board of Governors, KU Law Society; former member of the boards of KU Adams Alumni Center and Oread Laboratories, Inc. He married Mary Ruth Watermulder Feb. 5, 1942, in Lawrence. She survives of the home. Other survivors include two daughters, Mary Ann Pollard, Evanston, Ill., and Susan Elizabeth Gold, Colorado Springs, Colo.; and two grandsons. The family suggests memorials to KU Endowment Association or First Presbyterian Church, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Charles Richard Werth
Charles Richard Werth, 53, a biology professor and authority on ferns, died July 27 at the home of a brother in Alexandria, Va. He lived in Lubbock, Texas.
He taught at KU before joining the faculty at Texas Technical University 14 years ago. Werth, an associate professor at Texas Technical University, was born in Seoul. He was a 1969 biology graduate of the University of Virginia, where he also received master’s degrees in biology and education. He received a doctorate in biology from Ohio University. Survivors include a brother, Robert, of Alexandria; and two sisters, Lennice Werth of Crewe, Va., and Marice Werth of Vienna, Va.

Thelma Whiteside
Thelma E. Whiteside, 82, Lawrence, died July 30 at Colonial Manor Nursing Home. She worked for the KU housing department for 30 years. She retired in 1989. She married Wilbert Whiteside on March 1, 1941, in Lawrence. He survives of the home. Other survivors include a daughter, Jeannie Verner, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and two grandchildren. A daughter, Ina Unseld, died Jan. 1, 1989. The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.

Philip Joseph Wittek
Philip Joseph Wittek, 55, died Aug. 1. He worked as the environmental department director for Johnson County. Before joining Johnson County, Wittek, a Kansas City, Kan., native, worked as a chemist at Midwest Research Institute, in Kansas City, Mo.; the KU Medical Center; and Water Pollution Control of Kansas City, Kan.

Dane Bales
Dane Bales, 83, died Aug. 26, in Logan. He graduated from KU in 1941 with a bachelor’s degree in business and remained active in the KU community throughout his life. He was a member of the Chancellor’s Club, the Williams Fund, the Elizabeth Watkins Society, KU alumni association, the Fine Arts Deans Club and the School of Business Deans Club. Bales was best known for underwriting the Dane and Polly Bales Organ Recital Hall, located next to the Lied Center. 
Bales’ wife, Polly, survives. 
Several university officials and faculty members attended the funeral, including Chancellor Robert Hemenway. 
“There was no one who was a truer Jayhawk than Dane Bales. He and Polly Bales have shown their love for the university time and time again over the years. The entire university family mourns his passing,” said Hemenway.

Hester I. Thurston
Hester I. Thurston, Overland Park, died Sept. 7, of pancreatic cancer. She had been a faculty member at the University of Kansas Medical Center. While at KUMC, she established a nursing exchange program with the University of the Philippines, taught in the graduate program, was director of the Continuing Education program, and was the first dean of the School of Nursing. She also received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. After a 30-year career at KU, Mrs. Thurston retired as professor emeritus in 1989. She is survived by a daughter, Cindy Thurston of Overland Park. Contributions are suggested to the Hester I. Thurston Award Fund, KU Endowment Fund, 39th & Rainbow, Kansas City, KS 66105; St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church, 12251 Antioch, Overland Park, KS 66213; or The Sisters, Servants of Mary, 800 N. 18th, Kansas City, KS 66102.

Dale E. Jackson
Dale E. Jackson, 78, Leawood, died Sept. 4. He was a professor in the graduate engineering management program until he retired as professor emeritus in 1993. He married Jane E. Mathewson of Chicago, on Sept. 14, 1946. She survives of the home. Other survivors include his daughter and son in-law, Susie and Steve Schweiker of Leawood; his son, the Rev. James Jackson of Denton, Neb.; and two grandsons. The family suggests memorial contributions to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1013, Columbia, MO 65205.

John C. Morley
John “Jack” C. Morley, 87, Lawrence, died Sept. 11 at Brandon Woods Retirement Community. He was an instructor and an assistant professor of architecture at KU from 1947 to 1955. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by the School of Architecture and Urban Design in 1978. He retired as professor emeritus in 1985. He married Marie Thompson on March 4, 1946, in Kansas City, Mo. She and a son, Thomas O., died earlier. Survivors include three sons, Michael T. and Brian D., both of Lawrence, Kevin J., Mission Hills; a daughter, Sheila Morley-Wallis, Anna Maria Island, Fla.; and seven grandchildren. Family members suggest memorials to Heart of America Hospice, 3785 S.W. 29th, Topeka, Ks. 66614, or to the Catholic charity of the donor’s choice.

Peter Macdonald
Peter Macdonald, 85, former publisher of The Hutchinson News, died Sept. 12 at a nursing home in Hutchinson. Macdonald attended KU and later worked for Salina radio station KSAL and The Salina Journal before joining The Hutchinson News in 1956. He later became editor and publisher of the News, and was publisher when the newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1965 for its four-year editorial and court battle for reapportionment in Kansas.
Macdonald was a trustee of the William Allen White Foundation at KU at the time of his death. He received many other awards, including the Kansas Friend of the Humanities Award in 1997, the Outstanding Humanitarian Award in 1996 and the University of Kansas Legacy Award in 1995.
Macdonald is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters Heather Smith of Salina and Janet Miller of Kansas City, Mo., and three grandchildren.

Joe Slowinski
Joe Slowinski, curator of herpetology at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, died Sept. 12 from the bite of a venomous krait in the mountains of northern Myanmar in Burma.
Slowinski received his bachelor’s degree from KU in 1984 and earned his doctoral degree from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, in 1991. He wrote numerous scientific articles as well as one book, Introduction to Genetics, published in 1998. He was editor-in-chief and co-founder of the first online herpetological journal, Contemporary Herpetology, and a member of the editorial board of Systematic Biology.
Slowinski had previously taped two National Geographic specials, during which he received a dry bite from a monocled cobra and had venom streamed into his eyes by a species of spitting cobra that he later described as new to science. He had recently been awarded a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to extend his work across the Myanmar border, into China.

John Katich
John Katich, 51, died Friday, Oct. 5. He was an associate professor of journalism. He began teaching at the school in 1985, becoming an assistant professor in 1986 and an associate professor in 1991. He headed the school’s broadcast sequence from 1990 to 1997. He married Laura Sadler on April 28, 1973, in Columbia, Mo. She survives of the home. Other survivors include three daughters, Jessica Katich, Lisa McDermott and Sara Katich, all of Lawrence. Memorial donations may be made to the John Katich Memorial Fund at the KU Endowment Association.

Kirk Naylor
Kirk Naylor, 83, died Friday, Sept. 28. He was the first president of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He earned a doctorate from KU in 1952.
Naylor was an associate professor of education at Fort Hays State College in Kansas and director of teacher education at Southwestern Oklahoma State College before being hired by the Municipal University of Omaha in 1960. He was dean of administration there when he helped draft a plan for the cash-strapped institution to merge with the University of Nebraska. He was president of UNO from 1966 to 1971 and for 10 years was a professor of educational administration before retiring.

Anna Golden
Anna Golden, 77, died Friday, Sept. 21. She worked for many years at the KU business office and was a bookstore cashier at the Kansas Union. She married Billie Golden on Jan. 15, 1944. He died Feb. 28, 1985. Survivors include two daughters, Billie Whited, Long Beach, Calif., and Tammy Calkins, Topeka; a son, Terry Golden, Lawrence; and five grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the Hospice Care of Douglas County, sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary. 

Nadine R. Oatman
Nadine R. Oatman, 82, Overland Park, died Oct. 19 at Olathe Medical Center. She was a hospital administrator for the KU Medical Center. She retired in 1983 after 22 years of service. Nadine was very proud of her genealogy research and her contributions to the Johnson County Historical Society.

Frank Ransom Strong
Frank Ransom Strong died Oct. 12 at Somerset Nursing Center in Prairie Village. He was born April 4, 1908, in Lawrence to former KU Chancellor Frank Strong and Mary Ransom Strong. Strong taught as a visiting professor at many leading law schools, including the University of Kansas. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in spring 1929. 
Strong began his career at the University of Iowa. Later he moved to Ohio State University, where, except for a period as a civilian lawyer for the Department of the Navy, he served for more than 25 years. The final 13 of those years he was dean of the College of Law. 
Following his resignation from the deanship in 1965, Frank accepted an appointment as the Boshamer distinguished professor of law at the University of North Carolina. He served in that position until his retirement in 1976. 
Strong’s wife of 69 years, Gertrude Way Strong, died in November 1998. Strong established the Children’s Literature Collection in the KU School of Education as a memorial to Gertrude. He is survived by a son, John W. Strong, and daughter-in-law, Marty, of Tucson, Ariz.; a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Brennan, and son-in-law, Lawrence Brennan, of Overland Park; grandsons Frank Strong II and his wife, Genie, Benjamin Strong and his wife, Chrissie, and Mark Brennan and his wife, Pattie; and a granddaughter, Laura Brennan Rooney, and her husband, John. 

Frank A. Mantz Jr.
Frank A. Mantz Jr., MD, 89, of Vero Beach, Fla., died Oct. 17 in Overland Park. He taught in the Department of Pathology at the KU Medical Center.
During World War II, Mantz served as a laboratory officer in Port of Spain, Trinidad, where he met Lucy Caros. They married on July 19, 1944.
Mantz retired from active duty in 1954 and moved to the Kansas City area, becoming an assistant professor of pathology at the KU Medical Center. He retired from the military as a colonel in 1972. He served as chief of surgical pathology at KUMC, where he was named professor emeritus in 1980.
In 1964, Mantz was named a Distinguished Jayhawker by Kansas Gov. Anderson. In 1966, the Student American Medical Association honored Mantz for excellence in teaching. In 1970, the same association awarded him the Faculty Award for Outstanding Dedication and Teaching Excellence.
Mantz is survived by his wife, Lucy Mantz, of the home; a daughter, Helen Mantz Bryam, Overland Park; two granddaughters, Susan Hayes of Phoenixville, Pa., and Sarah Poppe of Fort Hood, Texas; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mantz Post-Sophomore Fellowship in Pathology, c/o KU Endowment Association, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160.

Edwin J. Martin
Edwin J. Martin, 67, died Nov. 12 at Midland Hospice Center in Topeka. He was a professor of psychology at KU from 1974 to 1996. He was the chair of the Department of Psychology from 1991 to 1993 and was editor of the Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior from 1972 to 1976. Martin’s specialty was cognitive psychology.
During his tenure at the university, Martin gained a reputation for holding high expectations for himself, his students and his colleagues.
“He had extremely high standards in terms of research methodology and theoretical acumen,” said Greg Simpson, professor of psychology. “He could be somewhat intimidating in his tone, but it was not bluster — it was the real thing. And he did it, I think, very clearly in order to make the student better.”
Martin married Helen Tilley on Aug. 22, 1959, in Panama. She survives of the home. Other survivors include a daughter, Theresa Martin, Lawrence; a son, John, Kansas City, Mo.; and six grandsons.

Charline Taylor
Charline Taylor, 86, Lawrence, died Nov. 3 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She was a maid for Joseph R. Pearson Hall at KU until her retirement in 1980. She married Floyd Thornton James in Lawrence. He died in 1952. She married Beuford Taylor in 1953. He died in 1964. 
Survivors include two sons, Larry James, Lawrence, and Leslie James, Olympia, Wash.; two stepdaughters; a stepson; a sister; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. A son, Wavy James, died in 1991. 
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Ruth Ann Blanchard
Ruth Ann (Hamilton) Blanchard, 80, of Kansas City, Kan., died Nov. 2 at Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka after a brief illness. She was an assistant professor of physical therapy in the School of Allied Health at the KU Medical Center from 1974 to 1991. 
Blanchard attended Washburn University in Topeka and received a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University. She earned her master’s degree in physical therapy education from Stanford University in 1948.
She received the Amoco Outstanding Classroom Teaching Award in 1979 and the Norton Distinguished Teaching Award in 1984. In 1987, KU physical therapy students gave her special recognition as their “finest teacher.” She retired after 18 years at the KU Medical Center. She was a member of the Kansas Physical Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association. Survivors include two sisters, Dorothy E. Fun and Helen H. Barnes, both of Topeka, and nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorials to the Ruth Blanchard Memorial Fund at the Physical Therapy Education Department of the KU Medical Center.

Andrew D. Mitchell
Andrew (Andy) Davis Mitchell died at his home in Prairie Village on Nov. 23. He was an instructor in urology at KU Medical Center until 1952, when he became a diplomat of the American Board of Urology. Mitchell earned bachelor’s, master’s and medical degrees from KU.
He later entered private practice with his partner, Raymond (Bud) W. Stockton, and practiced medicine at St. Luke’s Hospital until retiring in 1987. After retiring, he taught anatomy and physiology at Penn Valley Community College School of Nursing.
Mitchell is survived by his wife of 31 years, Arlene Milberger Mitchell; his daughter, Melissa Finstead; his sons, Andrew (Drew) Werner Mitchell and Sam Ware Mitchell; and seven grandchildren. 
The family requests that donations be made to St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation for Medical Education, Planned Parenthood or St. Luke’s Shawnee Mission Hospice.

John Joseph James Talleur 
John Talleur, professor emeritus of art and honorary print curator, died Nov. 27. Talleur was known for bringing the printmaking program to KU. He had retired after more than 40 years of teaching.
He was born in Chicago in 1925. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1947. In 1951, he earned a master’s degree from the University of Iowa, where he studied with Mauricio Lasansky. He received a Fulbright Fellowship in 1953 for study in France. Later that year he joined the faculty at KU.
Talleur’s etchings and paintings have been the subject of numerous exhibits at KU. His works were also exhibited around the United States and abroad, including the exhibition “Surrealism: An American Attitude” at the Thomas McCormick Gallery in Chicago earlier this year. He received the Kansas Governor’s Arts Award in 1998.
Survivors include daughter Ann Talleur, Lawrence, and two grandchildren.

Robert Lamberton
Robert Lamberton, 78, died Nov. 13 at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. He taught engineering at KU. 
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Grove Lamberton; sons Bill Lamberton, Watkins Glen, N.Y.; John Lamberton, Kansas City, Kan.; and David Lamberton, McLean, Va.; daughter Rebecca Mann, Arlington, Va.; brother Chris Lamberton, Miami; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 
The family suggests memorial contributions to Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City, Kan.


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