Alice Bonner Luthy ’26, November 5, 2005, Peoria. She studied and danced professionally in New York City. As a past president and charter member of the Junior League of Peoria, she created the acronym JULEP for the local group. Alice had been president of the Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club and As You Like It. She served on the boards of the Florence
Mary Baker Moulding ’31, December 16, 2005, Winnetka. Many of the shells she and her late husband collected are on display at the Field Museum of Natural History. In 1984, two species of snail shells were named after the couple. Mary was a pianist who continued lessons throughout her life. She was 98. Survivors include her son, seven grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.
William Merritt ’32, August 6, 2005, Mendota. He and his father established Merritt Funeral Home in 1938. Earlier he was a teacher in East Aurora for several years. He was a 50-year member of the Elks and the Masonic Lodge. Surviving are two children, five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Felicite Davenport Ward ’32, September 19, 2005, West Peoria. She had been the office manager and bookkeeper for Pepsi-Cola Bottling, retiring in 1960. At Bradley she was a member of Lambda Phi. Her survivors include two children, nine grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
Leonard Favus ’37, December 25, 2005, Peoria. A graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, he was a physician in family practice from 1942 until 1998. He was one of Peoria’s first doctors to use the ECG and to treat patients with penicillin. He was a volunteer physician at the Carver Community Center for many years and worked with a number of county health department programs. His wife Naomi, three children, and six grandchildren survive.
Jane Peters Bourland ’38, December 20, 2005, Peoria. She acted in and directed many plays at Peoria Players and at Corn Stock Theatre, where she was a founding member. She also was a founding member of the Junior League of Peoria, the local PBS station, and Opera Illinois League. Jane was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral. Three children, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren survive.
Charles Cartwright ’38, September 23, 2005, Peoria. He worked in advertising at the Peoria Journal Star and later operated his own ad agency, retiring in 1989. He led Charlie Cartwright & His Orchestra, a well known group that performed at the Inglaterra Ballroom and the Pere Marquette. Charlie was a World War II Navy veteran. He was a past president of the Rotary Club of Peoria. His daughter, four grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren survive.
Catherine Buchele Zimmerman ’38, August 13, 2005, Sherman Oaks, California. She worked in the Los Angeles mayor’s office and in the libraries for 24 years. Surviving are three sons, five grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.
Orrin “Brad” Bradshaw ’39, July 29, 2005, Glendale, Arizona. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1978 and began a career as a volunteer, including work at the Westside Food Bank and serving on the board of Banner Health Foundation. Brad was honored with many community service awards. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II.
Mary Gill Finney ’39, October 24, 2005, Flanagan. As a vice president of Illinois Central College in East Peoria, Mary was the first female vice president of a college in the state. She retired in 1979. Survivors include two children, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Raymond Hoffman ’39, October 6, 2005, Vernon Hills. He was vice president of V. Jobst & Sons Construction in Peoria for more than 30 years. In recognition of four years as a football player, Ray was inducted into the Bradley Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a World War II veteran. His wife Ardena, their daughter, and three grandsons survive.
Wayne Hammer Sr. ’40, September 15, 2005, Des Moines, Iowa. He was employed by American National Insurance for 33 years. A World War II Army veteran, he was an active member of Immanuel United Methodist Church for 50 years. Survivors include his wife Vicki, three children, eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
Tom Serkowich ’40, October 21, 2005, Peoria. He was retired from the engineering design department of Caterpillar Inc. Tom was a World War II Navy veteran and had served in the Reserves. His wife and daughter survive.
Rebekah Peters Lohmar ’41, October 25, 2005, Peoria. She retired from the county health department in 1987 and since had been a volunteer at the courthouse. Earlier she was society editor of the Peoria Star. Rebekah was a World War II Navy veteran. Survivors include three daughters and a granddaughter.
Mildred Miller ’41, December 16, 2005, Galesburg.
Ruth Terry Dye ’42, September 4, 2005, Rio. She had been a substitute teacher in Warren, Knox, and Mercer counties. Ruth was financial adviser at Rio Presbyterian Church and was an avid gardener. Survivors include her husband Warren, three children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
George Monser ’42, September 12, 2005, Peoria. He was a corporate accountant in the Peoria area, retiring in 1979. A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, George retired as a major from the Air Force and the Reserves after 22 years of service. After his plane was shot down over Germany, he evaded the enemy for 58 days before surfacing in Gibraltar. George received several awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. His two daughters, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren survive.
June Ruppert Reents ’43, September 28, 2005, Durham, North Carolina. She was an active volunteer in Rockford. June was the accountant and graphic designer at Techni-Chem Inc., founded by her husband in 1973. At Bradley she was a member of Pi Beta Phi. Survivors include her three children.
Betty Jacobs Shea ’44, November 18, 2005, Peoria. She was a sales clerk at Bergner’s for 32 years, retiring in 1998. She also had been an activity therapist at Zeller Mental Health Clinic. Betty was an active volunteer. Survivors include three children, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Lois Dunseth Becker ’45, December 22, 2005, Peoria. Loty was an active volunteer and had been a volunteer teacher in South America. She is survived by two sons and three grandchildren.
Priscilla Tjaden McLeod ’45, August 11, 2005, Phoenix, Arizona. She held a master’s degree in library science from the University of Chicago. Her career with the Phoenix City Library ran from 1957 to 1988. It included running the Yucca Branch Library for 12 years and then the children’s department at the Central Library. She was an avid volunteer and photographer.
Frank Kirchner Jr. ’47, December 16, 2004, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. He was a retired Lutheran minister. Frank was a World War II veteran. Four children and four grandchildren survive.
Gene Marshall ’47, November 21, 2005, Pekin. After 37 years with CILCO, he retired in 1983 as a construction superintendent. Gene was a Korean War Army veteran. He had served as president of the Arthritis Foundation in Peoria. He enjoyed making stained glass. Survivors include nine children, 19 grandchildren, and three great-grandsons.
L.L. “Rudy” Rudiger ’47, October 11, 2005, Mansfield, Texas. He had been a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, serving in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. He received numerous military decorations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. After retiring in 1971, he taught AFJROTC until 1985. Surviving are his wife Loise, two sons, three stepchildren, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jim Stowell ’47, November 5, 2005, San Clemente, California. He was a pilot for United Airlines based in Denver, Colorado. Jim served in the Army Air Forces and was a B-24 pilot during World War II. He was an avid golfer. He is survived by his wife Peggy Wulff Stowell ’47, five children, 10 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Edwin Holland ’48, December 12, 2005, Peoria. He was co-owner of Sprinkler Irrigation Corp. in East Peoria. A World War II veteran, he was a lieutenant in the Army Air Forces. He was an avid tennis player. Surviving are his wife Jeannette and two daughters.
Mary Bradbury Tavares ’48, October 8, 2005, Peoria. In 1986 she retired from teaching at Cabrini and Crittenton Schools in Peoria. Survivors include her two children and one granddaughter.
William Howell ’49, September 14, 2005, Solana Beach, California. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Bill served in the Air Force as a pilot and in various staff positions from 1952 to 1974. He later worked in real estate, specializing in land development. Survivors include his wife Gloria.
Warren Sanford ’49, July 29, 2005, Galesburg. He worked in the physics department at Knox College for several years. Warren was the recipient of a Purple Heart for his service in the Army during World War II. Surviving are two children, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Wesley Barnes Sr. ’50, May 19, 2005, Palos Park. He retired in 2004 as president of Serson Supply Inc. in Chicago. Wes was an active member of his church. He was a World War II Navy veteran. At Bradley he was a member of Rho Delta. Survivors include his wife Dolores, four children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandsons.
Barry Bishop ’50, November 9, 2005, Surprise, Arizona. He retired in 1999 after owning Bishop Engineering in Des Moines for 40 years. Barry was a former president of Land Surveyors of Iowa. At Bradley he was a member of Theta Chi. He was an Army veteran. Survivors include his wife Joanne Hicks Bishop ’51, three sons, three stepchildren, and many grandchildren.
Robert Cassell ’50 MA ’52, June 6, 2005, Severna Park, Maryland. He retired in 1984 as chief of investigations in the office of personnel management in Washington, D.C. A World War II Army veteran, he had received a Bronze Star. His wife Margaret, four sons, and four grandchildren survive.
James Cornwell ’50, October 8, 2005, Mahtomedi, Minnesota. He retired from Security Savings and Loan in Peoria as a vice president and loan officer. He also had managed the Washington branch office. Jim had served as president of the local chapter of the Savings and Loan Institute. He had been an active member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Bartonville. Survivors include four children, 11 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Clayton Seelye ’50 MA ’60, December 22, 2005, Pekin. He was an elementary school art teacher in Pekin for 35 years. He enjoyed leather crafts. He had served on his church council and was a World War II Navy veteran. His wife Bonnie Dye Seelye ’65, their daughter, and two grandsons survive.
Curtiss Steinway ’50, July 31, 2005, Sun City West, Arizona.
Jay Stocks ’50, October 21, 2005, Bella Vista, Arkansas. He retired in 1978 as a special agent with the U.S. Secret Service. Jay was a World War II Army veteran. He enjoyed square dancing. Surviving are his wife Miriam, three sons, and seven grandchildren.
James Hess Sr. ’51, November 15, 2005, Morton. He had been Morton’s postmaster. A World War II Army veteran, James was active in the Knights of Columbus. His wife D.J., five children, and a grandson survive.
Duane Kuerth ’51, December 30, 2005, Ormond Beach, Florida. An employee of McDonnell-Douglas Aircraft Corp. in St. Louis for 36 years, Duane had been project manager of the F-4 Phantom jet fighter design team. He was an Army veteran.
Wayne Neese ’51, October 24, 2005, Jacksonville. He was a mechanical engineer with Western Electric and Automatic Electric, and retired from Siemens in 1988. Wayne was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. Survivors include four step-grandchildren.
Claude Salisbury ’51, May 2005, Rockford. He was a commercial artist for 40 years. Claude enjoyed writing novels and philosophy. Survivors include his wife Joanne, their sons, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
William H. Taylor ’52, August 19, 2005, Shorewood, Wisconsin. He was a Korean War Navy veteran. His wife Irmgard, four children, and three grandchildren survive.
Richard Kahler ’53, March 18, 2005, Belvidere. He was an agent for Prudential Insurance for 20 years, retiring in 1998. Earlier, he ran his own construction company. Dick served on the local school board for eight years. Beginning in 2000, he served on the board of the regional office of education. He was a Marine veteran. Survivors include
Sallie Elson Heller ’54, November 16, 2005, Peoria. She and her late husband owned Kreiling Roofing. Sallie was a preschool teacher until 1965 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, where she was a founding member. At Bradley she was a member of Pi Beta Phi. Sallie is survived by two children, her mother, and six grandchildren.
MaryLou Wagner Michael ’54, August 30, 2005, Rocklin, California. She is survived by her husband Thomas Michael ’55, three children, and five grandchildren.
William terVeen ’54, October 17, 2005, Cincinnati, Ohio. He was director of research in electronics at NuTone, and also worked at Dosimeter. He is survived by his wife Shirley Keidel terVeen ’52 and their son.
Donald Dinquel ’55, August 10, 2005, Scottsdale, Arizona. He had retired from Honeywell as an aerospace engineer. He was an Army veteran. Survivors include his wife Angie and two sons.
Richard Blankenship ’56, August 29, 2005, Fort Myers, Florida. He was a partner in a 700-unit franchise chain. He was the founder of a chain of 27 restaurants, two shopping centers, an airport subdivision, and the nation’s largest mail-order source for reading glasses. An Air Force veteran, he had won medals in the Florida Senior Olympics. Three daughters and three grandchildren survive.
Charles Kreie ’56, November 1, 2005, Peoria. He was owner and president of Faber Musser Co., retiring in August. He also worked as a Realtor. Chuck held a juris doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. He was an Air Force veteran. Chuck had served on the Boy Scouts Council and had been president of the Jaycees. His wife Barbara, two children, and four grandchildren survive.
Kenneth Prater ’56, July 8, 2005, Marion, Indiana. He was vice president and general manager of Ross Supply for 25 years, retiring in 1998. He was an elder in his church. Survivors include his wife Marilyn, three children, five stepchildren, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
John Babor IV ’57, April 27, 2005, Alameda, California. John was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church. He enjoyed polo. Surviving are five children, his mother, and four grandchildren.
Yvonne Durand Davis ’58, August 9, 2005, Bonita Springs, Florida. She had been a talented diver in high school. At Bradley she was a member of Pi Beta Phi. She is survived by her husband Roger, two children, three stepchildren, and 14 grandchildren.
Joel “Mike” Dunne ’59, September 22, 2005, Normal. He was a civil engineer with the Illinois Department of Transportation for many years and then worked in California in the same capacity. Five children and 11 grandchildren survive.
Richard DeKeyser ’60, December 10, 2005, Edelstein. An engineer at Caterpillar’s plant in Mossville for 35 years, he retired in 1990. He held a patent for a fuel injection system. He was a Korean War veteran and was quarterback of the Air Force football team. Survivors include his wife Marles, five children, 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Robert Emmert ’60, December 16, 2005, Morton. Employed by Caterpillar Inc. for 33 years, he worked extensively with the Siberian Pipeline. He was an Air Force pilot and a founder of the American Air Museum in
John Huser ’60 MA ’65, September 17, 2005, East Peoria. He was a professor of
Marian Kujawa Wall ’61, October 26, 2005, Peru.
Timothy Kelly ‘61, December 4, 2005, Houston, Texas. Tim served in the Navy for more than 20 years. He also held degrees from Northwestern University and the Air Force Institute of Technology. His wife Lynne Stefanak Kelly ‘61, three children, and three grandchildren survive.
Robert E. Edwards ’66, November 2, 2005, Dunlap. He owned and operated Mid-
Robert Pokarney ’68, December 29, 2005, East Peoria. He worked in the logistics department at Caterpillar Inc. for more than 38 years. He was involved with the East Peoria Girls Softball Association for 18 years as a coach and board member. He was an Army veteran. Survivors include his daughter.
Adrian Swanier MS ’68, July 30, 2005, DeLisle, Mississippi. He was an industrial arts teacher and principal in the Pass Christian school district, retiring in 1993. He had served in the Army and was an active member of his church. Seven children, 18 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive.
Ruth Short Nall ’70, October 12, 2005, Pekin. Before retiring in 1975 she taught in Pekin public schools and elsewhere. Ruth had been a docent at the Dirksen Center and had been involved in prison ministries. Survivors include her son, two grandsons, and two great-grandsons.
Charles Bonner ’72, October 17, 2005, West Peoria. He taught in the Peoria public schools, directed bands at Illinois Central College, and taught percussion students. Chuck played professionally with numerous bands and the Peoria Symphony Orchestra. He served on the board of directors of the musician’s union. He was active in Masonic work. Chuck’s survivors include his wife Peggy Fornoff Bonner ’79 MLS ’97.
Robert Lane ’72, November 1, 2005, Springfield. He retired from the State of Illinois Commerce Commission as a legislative liaison. He also was an assistant director for the Office of Governmental Affairs. He is survived by his wife Jamie, three children, and two grandchildren.
DeLoris Spears ’81 MA ’83, December 19, 2005, Burnsville, Minnesota. She was an instructor at Illinois Central College and at Bradley University. She retired from the Illinois Department of Public Aid. Survivors include her three children.
Brenda Bloom ’81, December 22, 2005, Grove City, Ohio. She was a sales representative for a college textbook company and had also been a pharmaceutical sales representative. Survivors include her father, sister, and brother.
Mark Madden ’88, October 11, 2005, Olivette, Missouri. He was an attorney with Moser & Marsalek in St. Louis. Mark held a juris doctor degree from Saint Louis University Law School. He is survived by his parents and four brothers.
Jeffrey Essex ’89, November 14, 2005, Farmington. He was an International Air Freight agent for UPS. An avid fisherman and hunter, he sang in the choir at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife Mary, two sons, and his mother.
Angela Wittekiend Kirk ’90, October 24, 2005, Metamora. She had worked for River City Construction, managing projects such as the Par-a-Dice Hotel and Willow Knolls theatres. She most recently was employed by
Joseph W. Spears HON ’00, November 28, 2005, Peoria. He was a sales rep for American Standard for 30 years, and had been day manager at Jimmy’s Bar since 1982. Joe was very active in the Knights of Columbus. He was a World War II Army veteran and the recipient of two Bronze Stars. Survivors include his wife Theresa, seven sons, and 19 grandchildren.
Faculty & Staff
Doris Kolb, adjunct professor of chemistry, died on December 20, 2005. She lived in Peoria.
She began teaching chemistry at Bradley in 1986. Last fall she taught a course on humorous poetry for the Institute for Learning in Retirement. She and her husband, Dr. Kenneth Kolb, were presented with an outstanding service award from the American Chemical Society in Washington, D.C. in September. She was co-author of Chemistry for Changing Times, in its 11th printing, as well as another book. She had also written more than 60 papers.
Dr. Kolb was a founding faculty member of Corning Community College in New York in 1958 and of Illinois Central College in 1968. She was the first recipient of ICC’s outstanding teacher award.
An active member of the community, she had served as the first executive director of Planned Parenthood from 1965 to 1968. Dr. Kolb held a master’s and a doctoral degree from the Ohio State University. Survivors include her husband, three sons, seven grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
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