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Spring 2007 • Volume 13, Issue 2
In Memory


Naola Sulzberger Bruninga '30, August 23, 2006, Peoria. She was a homemaker and a member of Pi Beta Phi. Her daughter, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren survive.

Irma Windish '32, December 26, 2006, Galva.

Abraham Citron '34, December 7, 2006, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Survivors include his wife Shirlee Oberman Citron '57, two children, two grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Joseph Burke '35, September 12, 2006, Pekin. He worked in maintenance at Corn Products for 36 years, retiring in 1972. At Bradley he was a member of Beta Phi Theta. His son, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive.

Walter Hill '35, October 31, 2006, Tucson, Arizona. He owned and operated The Charles Restaurant and KFC franchises. Survivors include his wife Mayo, two children, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

William L. Rutherford '35 HON '91, November 21, 2006, Peoria. He and his late wife Hazel created Wildlife Prairie Park which opened in 1978. It was named in their honor in 2000 when it became a state park. The couple helped purchase more than 600,000 acres of land around the world and turned it over to parks. Bill headed the Forest Park Foundation and facilitated many local projects, such as IPMR, the observation tower in Peoria Heights, and the Rock Island Trail. He practiced law and held a juris doctor degree from the University of Chicago. During World War II, Bill was a consultant to the U.S. Secretary of War. Surviving are two sons, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Joseph Daily '36, September 25, 2006, Clearwater, Florida. He retired in 1980 from Fortune Federal Bank. He had served as president of a number of organizations and was co-founder of the Clearwater Downtown Foundation. He was a World War II Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife Louise, two sons, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandsons.

Robert “Bo” Grundy '36, September 9, 2006, Plainfield, Indiana. As a civilian pilot during World War II, he provided basic flight training to Army Air Corps cadets. He was a test pilot from 1945 until 1960 when he began farming. He was inducted into the OX-5 Aviation Pioneers Hall of Fame in 1990. Surviving are his wife Marjorie, four children, and nine grandchildren.

Eleanor Wrigley Monahan '36, November 7, 2006, Homewood, Maryland. Eleanor was a social worker with the District of Columbia Department of Human Services and an analyst with the National Institute of Mental Health. She held a master's degree from the University of Chicago. She was a longtime hospice volunteer in North Carolina and Maryland. Survivors include three children and a granddaughter.

Gerald “Jake” Goby '37, July 2, 2006, Raymond. A former member of the local school board, he retired from farming in 1988. Three daughters, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren survive.

Dorothy Rogina '39, July 31, 2006, Peoria. She was an executive secretary at Keystone Steel & Wire for 37 years. At Bradley she was a member of Sigma Kappa.

Mary Luke Ziegle '39, November 17, 2006, Peoria. Mary taught physical education at Manual High School for 12 years. Her son and granddaughter survive.


Bill Hembrough '41, November 12, 2006, Rockford. He operated Hembrough Motors from 1960 to 1995. Bill and his family operated another dealership in Janesville, Wisconsin, from 1998 to 2005. He was a World War II pilot and escaped from a POW camp. Bill was active in the Tebala Shrine Temple. Survivors include his wife Jean, four children, 10 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Malcolm McKenzie '41, November 6, 2006, Des Moines, Iowa. After 48 years in the securities business, he retired as vice president of Merrill Lynch in 1997. He held a master's degree from Drake University. A World War II Air Force veteran, Malcolm had been honored by the Lions Club and was active in the community. Two children survive.

Richard Court '42, June 19, 2006, Kankakee. He was vice president and office manager of Kankakee Investment Co., retiring after 41 years. He was a World War II Navy veteran. He was active in his church, served as president of the Exchange Club, and was a charter member of the local Jaycees. Survivors include his son and granddaughter.

Thomas McCrorie '42 Ed.D. '52, September 22, 2006, Gaithersburg, Maryland. He was a teacher in the Montgomery County Schools. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife Ellen Siebenthal McCrorie '43, two children, and four grandchildren.

Ruth Sauer Spaits '42, December 1, 2006, Bloomington. She was a nurse in her husband's medical practice in Atlanta and in Sun City, Arizona, from 1947 to 1981. Survivors include two sons, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Bill Altorfer '43, November 16, 2006, Peoria. He co-founded United Facilities in East Peoria and served as chairman. Bill enjoyed flying and playing in his band, Pals of the Saddle. He served on the board of the American Hearing Research Foundation. Surviving are his wife Ellen, two children, 12 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Robert Brodbeck '44, January 3, Peoria. For more than 40 years he was an official at IHSA, Big Ten, and Missouri Valley games. He was a referee at the 1973 Rose Bowl. A World War II Army veteran, he had been inducted into the sports halls of fame in Peoria and Bloomington. He was executive secretary for the Pipe Trades Industry Fund. Survivors include two children, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Phyllis Smith Reed '44, December 10, 2006, Elkart, Indiana. Surviving are her husband John H. Reed Sr. '48, two sons, and five grandchildren.

George Marmé '46, November 14, 2006, DeWitt, Iowa. He earned his medical degree from Loyola and practiced medicine for 56 years in DeWitt and in Clinton, Iowa. George was a World War II Army veteran. He also was a captain in the Air Force during the Korean War. Survivors include his wife Joyce, seven children, and four grandchildren.

Rosemary Moran Randolph '46, November 29, 2006, Peoria. She taught in a one-room schoolhouse many years ago. In 1938 she was part of a group driving cross country in a Model A. The “Gypsy Coeds” attended two World's Fairs and met Henry Ford and mayors of major cities. Surviving are two children, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Donald G. Peterson '47 MA '53, October 10, 2006, Metamora. During his 35 years with Caterpillar Inc., he produced more than 100 information films, winning a number of national and international awards. Don was a World War II Army veteran and had earned a Bronze Star. Five sons, eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren survive.

Anthony Chorak '48, July 5, 2006, Hollywood, Florida. He operated Accounting Systems and Tax Planning with his wife from 1970 to 1995. Earlier he was an IRS auditor and comptroller for the Archdiocese of Miami. Anthony was a World War II Navy veteran. Six children, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive.

William Crone '48, December 23, 2006, Dunedin, Florida. He was a World War II Army veteran and a Purple Heart recipient. He owned and operated the local Dog 'n Suds drive-in for 26 years. His wife Adeline, two children, and two grandchildren survive.

Mary Jean McLinden Roche '48, October 13, 2006, Watertown, Wisconsin. She had been an active member of St. Monica's Church in East Peoria. Jean is survived by five sons and eight grandchildren.

Henry Sinnock '48, June 30, 2006, Springfield. He was an industrial engineer and had worked for the city, state, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He founded scholarships and a tennis tournament in honor of his late son. Surviving are one son and two grandchildren.

Beverly “Becky” Totten Strand '48, November 24, 2006, Peoria. She was a member of Chi Omega and the Central Illinois Bradley Alumni Chapter. Survivors include her husband Robert Strand '48, two children, and four grandchildren.

Richard Bierly Sr. '49, November 27, 2006, Peoria Heights. He was a draftsman for Caterpillar Inc. for 36 years, retiring in 1982. An Army Air Corps veteran, he served in World War II and Korea. He was active in the Mohammed Shrine Temple and volunteered at Proctor Hospital. Survivors include his wife Frances Riley Bierly '69, four children, and two granddaughters.


Carolyn Powell Blackmon '50, October 12, 2006, Chicago. She was an active volunteer in Peoria and Flossmoor before moving to Chicago. Carolyn retired from the Field Museum of Natural History after 18 years as chairman of the education department. She then served as chairman of the Old Town Art Fair. Survivors include her husband Jack, four children, seven grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

Frederick Larke '50, August 28, 2006, Peoria. He was a well-known local artist, specializing in watercolors. He exhibited at numerous galleries and was in juried national shows. Fred also was active in theatre. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife

Doris Wilcoxon Larke '53, one son, and two grandchildren.

Edward “Buck” Malouf '50, September 12, 2006, Peoria. He worked in government sales and contracts at Caterpillar Inc. for 40 years, retiring in 1990. He also operated an antiques sale business. He was a World War II Air Force veteran.

Charles T. Bowen '51 MA '52, May 27, 2006, Jacksonville. He retired from Jonathan Turner Elementary School in 1985. Charlie was a World War II Navy veteran and had served as commander of the American Legion. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Survivors include his wife Jean, two sons, and a grandson.

Charles Buker '51, September 25, 2006, West Covina, California. He was a manufac-turer's representative in the West for Howard Miller Clock Co. He was a World War II Army veteran. Survivors include his wife Donna Faulkner Buker '52, two children, and five grandchildren.

William N. Becker '52 MA '53, November 8, 2006, Peoria. He was a clinical psychologist for more than 30 years and helped establish numerous treatment programs in the area. He later became a developer of senior housing with the Lexington House Corp. A World War II Army veteran, he served with the Army Reserves for 40 years, including three years as commandant in Peoria. Survivors include his wife Mary Martin Becker '61 MA '64 and their daughter.

June Eubanks '52, December 3, 2006, Ashland, Ohio. She was a social worker for Ashland County Human Services.

LaVere “Bud” Keeney '52, June 3, 2006, Upland, California. He was a Chicago Bear for a short time after graduation. Bud spent most of his career with Kaiser Steel, retiring as a superintendent. He owned and operated the House of Tools. He was an active volunteer and an award-winning woodcarver. Survivors include his wife Sarah.

Jackie Davis Knudsen '52, June 19, 2006, San Diego. Survivors include her husband Paul Knudsen '52, two daughters, and five grandchildren.

Dennis Maher '52, July 30, 2006, Elgin. He owned and operated Valley Engineering for many years. Dennis was an Army veteran. His wife Joanne, eight children, 10 grandchildren, and a great-grandson survive.

Bernice Laws Tuell '52 MA '53, September 11, 2006, Canton.

Donald Aldag '53 MS '57, November 16, 2006, East Peoria. He taught drafting and heating and air conditioning at Illinois Central College from 1967 until 1990. Earlier he taught at Belleville High School. Don also operated his own service business. A Korean War Army veteran, he was active in his church. Surviving are his wife Jean Kerz Aldag '57, two children, eight grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Gale Barton '53, September 23, 2006, Hemet, California. An Army veteran, he worked in sales for Valley Detroit Diesel. Survivors include his wife Itsuko, four children, and 13 grandchildren.

John S. Davis '53, August 15, 2006, Lakewood, Washington. He was a fighter pilot and a career Air Force officer. He served around the world and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross. Later, John worked for the Department of Transportation and was president of the local school board. Four children and eight grandchildren survive.

Dolores Haller '53, January 6, Bartonville. She retired from teaching in 1988 after 10 years in Delavan and 25 in Aurora. She held a master's degree from the University of Illinois. Active in her church, Dolores was a reading tutor at Common Place. She enjoyed quilting and geneology.

Arthur “Buzz” Ott '53, January 1, Peoria. He was captain of the Bradley basketball team for two years and was MVP his senior year. Buzz was inducted into the Bradley University Hall of Fame in 2000. He served in the Marine Corps in Korea. Buzz was a high school coach before running Highview Nursing Center from 1960 to 1984. He then was administrator of Riverview until retiring in 1995. He owned Illini Golf with his son. Survivors include his wife Emma, two sons, and six grandchildren.

Patricia Dunning Richards '53, November 20, 2006, Peoria Heights. She was a 40-year member of the International Order of Kings Daughters and Sons. Her husband Paul Richards '53, four children, and 11 grandchildren survive.

Richard Eichelkraut '54, December 25, 2006, Washington. He was a research engineer at WABCO for 28 years, retiring in 1990. Rich received the Washingtonian award in 1997 in honor of his volunteer work. His efforts led to conservation license plates used to support Illinois parks. He was a Marine Corps veteran. Surviving are his wife Carol, four children, and four grandchildren.

Harry Foster '54, October 28, 2006, East Peoria. He had owned and operated Peoria Arts and Crafts. Harry was a World War II Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife Dorothy, their daughter, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Dale Hunziker '55, September 2, 2006, Peoria. He was owner and general manager of Home Comfort Insulation and was a charter member of a national contractors' association. A Korean War Army veteran, Dale was a member of Sigma Chi at Bradley. He founded Light House Academy Christian School in 2001 and was active in the Apostolic Christian church, serving as administrator of the church cemetery and on the board of the retirement facility. Survivors include two daughters and four grandchildren.

Robert McManus '55, May 15, 2006, Crossett, Arkansas. He retired in 1996 from ADN Railroad and Georgia-Pacific. He was an Army veteran and a lay minister. Survivors include his wife Ruth Ann, two sons, and five grandchildren.

Robert Wanner '56, September 16, 2006, Morton. He worked in purchasing at Caterpillar Inc. for 34 years, retiring in 1989. He later taught art at Illinois Central College. A World War II and Korean War Navy veteran, he served on the local zoning board for 11 years. Surviving are his wife Harriet Schweitz Wanner '45, two daughters, and a grandson.

Richard Boswell '57, December 21, 2006, Loves Park. A long-time resident of Wyoming, he was a professor of economics at Sheridan College for 19 years. He held a master's degree from the University of Missouri. His wife Virginia Covey Boswell '57, two daughters, and three grandchildren survive.


Lawrence Baumann '60, October 17, 2006, Fairfield Township, Ohio. He and his wife Deb founded Baumann Engineering in Peoria in 1970. They later operated the company in Sarasota, Florida, and in Cincinnati. His wife survives, along with six children and six grandchildren.

Nancy Raber Martin '60, December 1, 2006, Castle Rock, Colorado. She had been an elementary school teacher. At Bradley she was a member of Pi Beta Phi. Survivors include her husband William R. Martin '61, two children, and four grandchildren.

William Carr '61, Sept 25, 2006, Metamora. Bill owned Metamora Parts Marts. He was a bus driver for Peoria Charter Coach and the local high school. He was active in Community Worship Center in East Peoria. Two children and four grandchildren survive.

Daniel May '61, August 1, 2006, St. Ann, Missouri. He was employed by McDonnell Douglas Aircraft for 30 years, retiring in 1993. He was a World War II Army veteran and had trained for the Green Berets. Survivors include his wife Carolyn, four children, and 23 grandchildren.

Virginia Lambert Bodine '62, November 22, 2006, Mesa, Arizona. Survivors include her husband Paul Bodine '61.

Jane Corzine Nelson '62, October 21, 2006, Portage, Michigan. She was a teacher and an advocate for preschool education programs and kidney dialysis patients. Her husband Bruce L. Nelson '61, three children, and four grandchildren survive.

Thomas “Tim” Norvell '62, August 31, 2006, Alma. He was a pharmaceutical sales rep for Winthrop Laboratories. Tim served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Two daughters, his mother, five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren survive.

Owen Duffy IV MA '63, September 1, 2006, Iowa City. He held doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa where he worked until 1969. Later he was a school psychologist and opened two private practices. His specialty was using hypnosis to help patients undergoing chemotherapy. His wife Jimmye, two daughters, and six grandchildren survive.

Carolyn “Ging” Smith Thomas '64, August 17, 2006, Salem, South Carolina. She was a reading specialist at Illinois Central College and had served as board president at St. Thomas School in Peoria. She was a member of Chi Omega at Bradley. Her husband David, three children, and five grandchildren survive.

Geraldine Wasson Collins '65, October 10, 2006, Hanna City. She was a teacher for 35 years, primarily at Illini Bluffs. She held state offices in Alpha Delta Kappa sorority and served on the International Music Committee. She was active in the Eastern Star. Two chil-dren, eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren survive.

Owen “Rick” Enright '66, January 1, Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. Survivors include his wife Deborah, six children, and seven grandchildren.

Robert Pindar MS '67, November 19, 2006, Columbia, South Carolina. He founded Pindar Electric Service after serving in the Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. He also taught college courses in electronics. Bob retired from his state's department of vocational rehabilitation. Survivors include three sons and four grandchildren.

Gladys Schertz Burkholder '69, December 17, 2006, Goshen, Indiana.

Carl “Bud” Smith '69, June 8, 2006, Peoria. He was foreman of the tool crib at Caterpillar Inc. in East Peoria for more than 35 years. He was a hospital volunteer in Peoria and Naples, Florida, where he lived part of the year. Bud was a World War II Navy veteran.


Arlene Horvath Crawford '70, September 11, 2006, Peoria. She was an RN at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and was also a graduate of its nursing school. Survivors include her husband George Crawford '70, three daughters, and nine grandchildren.

Susan Blender ‘72, January 6, Peoria. She was a caregiver for PARC. Susan was an Army veteran. Her sister survives.

Alana Anderson Stahl '72 MS '74, November 7, 2006, Peoria. She taught math at Princeville High School for 30 years. Her mother and brother survive.

John Catlin '73, November 30, 2006, Indianapolis. He spent his career in the electric utility industry. A registered professional engineer in Indiana and Illinois, John was director of client relations for the Midwest ISO in Carmel, Indiana. His wife Jolien and four children survive.

Margaret Hamilton '73, October 6, 2006, Washington. She retired from teaching in 1982. Margaret was an active member of
Washington Christian Church and had written its history. Her husband Deforrest, two children, and two grandsons survive.

Richard Cemenska '74 MS '91, November 26, 2006, Edelstein. A product and technology manager at Caterpillar Inc., he was an avid runner and automobile enthusiast. Surviving are his wife Pamela and two sons.

Sheryl Bull Govedarica '74, October 24, 2006, Chicago. She was national advertising director for Modern Healthcare magazine from the late '80s until 2000. She later worked as a sales manager for Plate magazine. Sheryl was an active volunteer at St. Alphonsus Church. Survivors include her husband Thomas, one daughter, and her mother.

Frederick White MA '74, October 7, 2006, Mesa, Arizona. He practiced medicine in Chillicothe for many years and served as president of the Illinois State Medical Society in 1982. Fred co-founded the family practice residency at the University of Illinois School of Medicine at Peoria. In 1996 he wrote Forty Years of Caring, and also published a monthly newsletter about Brittany spaniels for five years. Survivors include his wife Judith, four children, 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

David A. Nelson MA '76, November 21, 2006, Pekin. He retired in 1998 after 14 years as director of administrative services for the Tazewell County Board. Earlier he was a high school teacher and worked in personnel. Dave was active in his church and had served on the Pekin Park Board for eight years. He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon. His wife Brenda and one son survive.

Janice Reifsteck Flentje '79, July 28, 2006, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jan was a nursing instructor. Survivors include her husband Greg and two children.

James O'Rourke '79, December 23, 2006, LaGrange. A retired Army officer, he was an ROTC instructor in Chicago for eight years. He was an active volunteer and served as military affairs coordinator for the Illinois state treasurer. Earlier he was a police officer in Peoria Heights. Survivors include his wife Kimberly and three children.


Michael D. Alexander '83, October 23, 2006, Center Point, Iowa. He was a principal software engineer at Rockwell Collins for 17 years. Mike was a Vietnam War Air Force veteran. He was a Habitat for Humanity volunteer. Surviving are his wife Suzanne, two children, and his parents.

Frank McCue III '85, October 7, 2006, Waukegan. He was employed by MPC in Skokie for 20 years. He had served as president of Pi Kappa Phi. Frank enjoyed boating and had won trophies for his 1931 Buick. Survivors include his mother and three brothers.
Max Teasdale MSME '89, October 14, 2006, Caldwell, Idaho. After a 30-year career at Caterpillar Inc., Max taught engineering courses at Bradley. He and his wife Juliann enjoyed travel. Three children also survive.


Jon-Stephen Norman '92, August 14, 2006, St. Louis. He was an Air Force veteran.


Kerry Ann Keca '04, October 15, 2006, Homewood. She was advertising and promotions coordinator for Margie Korshak Inc. in Chicago. At Bradley she was a member of Sigma Kappa and worked as a caller for the Bradley Fund. Kerry's survivors include her parents, brother, and fiancé.