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Winter 2007 • Volume 13, Issue 1

1920s

Annabell Hagener Reynolds ’27, July 27, 2006, Moline. She taught home economics in Cordova. Ann was 101. Her son, five grandchildren, and several great- and great-great-grandchildren survive.

Mary Unger Holloway ’28, August 5, 2006, Chesterfield, Missouri. She was a newspaper reporter in Washington D.C., until 1935 when she began a career in federal government. Mary worked in the Department of Agriculture, the General Accounting Office, and the IRS. Survivors include two stepsons, 12 grandchildren, and many great- and great-great-grandchildren.

1930s

Harold Lintz ’35, August 4, 2006, Peoria. He had a 40-year career with the U.S. Postal Service, serving as acting postmaster from 1961 to 1965. He then directed public relations at Madison Park Bank. Harold was president of the both the national and local alumni associations of Bradley University. He was the first president of the Newman Club at Bradley, and also was in the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame. Harold was chairman of the local United Way campaign in 1975. Survivors include eight children, 29 grandchildren, and 36 great-grandchildren.

1940s

Frank Hazzard ’43, July 6, 2006, Tucson, Arizona. He retired from Caterpillar Inc. as a planning engineer, and had worked in East Peoria and Davenport, Iowa. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Silver Star for his World War II service. Frank was a Mason and played in several Shrine bands. Survivors include his wife Lorene, five children, two stepchildren, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mary Martin ’43, July 31, 2006, Lacon. She was a dietitian at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and retired from Hines Veterans Hospital. Mary lived in Westchester for many years.

Harold Ronk ’43, August 2, 2006, Canton. Known as the original singing ringmaster, Harold had a 30-year career with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. His opening, “Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages…” was heard by millions. He welcomed countless dignitaries and celebrities, and sang the national anthem before each performance. Before becoming ringmaster in 1950, Harold was a musician in Washington, D.C. He was inducted into the Circus Hall of Fame in 2004. He was a World War II Navy veteran.

Louis Vallosio ’48, May 24, 2006, Knoxville. He worked for Bliss-McKnight Insurance in Bloomington, retiring in 1994. A World War II veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, he attended the University of Chicago Law School. He was an active volunteer. Survivors include his wife Joan, one son, two stepdaughters, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Robert W. Hansen ’49, February, 2006, Omaha, Nebraska. Survivors include his wife Elinor, two children, and seven grandchildren.

Willard Ohm ’49, May 19, 2006, Madison, Wisconsin. An architectural engineer, he led such Milwaukee building projects as the arena, performing arts center, and the Evinrude Motors plant, as well as several buildings on the Eau Claire campus of the University of Wisconsin. He was active in the Lutheran church in Wisconsin and in Fort Myers, Florida. He was an Army Air Forces veteran. Survivors include his son and three grandchildren.

1950s

Eugene Beckmann ’50, July 3, 2006, Peoria. He worked in sales and was a fire inspector for the American Inspection and Ratings Bureau. He was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran. Surviving are his wife Janice, four children, three grandsons, and a great-granddaughter.

Walter Dowdle ’50, June 19, 2006, Freeport. He had been a mechanical engineer for General Electric, Micro Switch, and United Technologies where he was director of product engineering until retiring in 1991. He held several patents. A World War II Navy veteran, he was an active member of his church. He is survived by his wife Norma, seven children, 14 grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Walter “Bob” McCoy ’50, June 18, 2006, Glasford. He was a partner in Scott & McCoy Insurance and Real Estate Agency until retiring in 1990. Bob served on the board of Pekin Insurance for 25 years. He was active in local politics and Masonic work. A World War II Navy veteran, he was a member of Sigma Nu. His wife Carol Fahnestock McCoy ’52, four children, and 11 grandchildren survive.

Robert Pille ’50, July 17, 2006, Tucson, Arizona. Bob was a sportswriter for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1966 until retiring in 1988. He also had worked at newspapers in Detroit, Cincinnati, Washington, D.C., and Peoria. Among Bob’s awards was a 1999 honor from the All-American Football Foundation. In 2000 he was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame. A member of Sigma Chi, he was a World War II Army veteran. His wife Martha survives.

Garnette Cox Tribble ’50, May 5, 2006, Winter Haven, Florida. She was a teacher and had been president of the Aurora Women’s Club for four years. She was a member of Chi Omega. Her daughter, grandson, and great-granddaughter survive.

Donna Woertz Kettelkamp ’51, May 31, 2006, Fort Myers, Florida. She was a member of Chi Omega at Bradley. Two children and her granddaughter survive.

Jack Hatch ’52, June 9, 2006, Peoria. He was a pastor at First United Methodist Church and a janitor at Bradley. Two sons survive.

Lucille Murphy McGann MA ’52, June 22, 2006, West Peoria. She was a member of Limestone High School’s original faculty in 1953. Lucy also taught in Forrest and Peoria. She was a life member of the St. Patrick’s Society. Survivors include two children and five grandchildren.

Alice Ryan Warne ’52 MA ’55, July 17, 2006, Delavan. She taught in grade schools in the Delavan and Tremont school districts. Alice was active in the historical society.

Francis “Bud” Dwyer ’53, August 5, 2006, Ridley Park, Pennsylvania. He was a claims supervisor for American Mutual Insurance for 17 years, retiring in 1991. Bud was a World War II Marine Corps veteran. He enjoyed travel. Survivors include his wife Margaret, four children, and four grandchildren.

Lucie Spears Setbacken ’53, May 16, 2006, San Francisco. She was a teacher in Richmond, California, for many years. Three children, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive.

Robert J. Mueller ’56, June 2, 2006, Peru. He was an insurance broker for Duncan Insurance for 38 years. He coached Little League for 26 years. A disabled veteran, he served in the Army during the Korean War. Survivors include his wife Marge, four sons, and 11 grandchildren.

Dwain Hamilton ’58, June 30, 2006, Morton. He was an accountant for Stevers Sand and Gravel from 1988 until retiring in 2001. Earlier he worked for C.A. Powley Company. Dwain was a Korean War Navy veteran. His parents, two daughters, and three grandchildren survive.

1960s

Molly Kennedy Carr ’60, July 17, 2006, Richmond, Virginia. Molly worked at the Science Museum of Maryland in Baltimore and then with Shades of Light in Richmond. Her earlier career was in modeling and fashion. Surviving are her husband Gene, one son, and two grandsons.

Bobby Joe Mason ’60, July 4, 2006, Springfield. He was the basketball team’s leading scorer when Bradley finished second in the NIT in 1959. Coach Chuck Orsborn referred to Bobby Joe as the best player he ever coached. In 2003, he was named to Bradley University’s Team of the Century. He played 15 seasons with the Harlem Globetrotters and was part of the group’s TV series. He then worked in Akron, Ohio, and later in Springfield for a state drug prevention program. Bobby Joe retired in August 2005 after 10 years with the Springfield Housing Authority.

James Chamberlain ’63 MS ’67, April 16, 2006, Lake Forest. For 34 years he taught industrial arts and consumer education at Deerfield and Highland Park High Schools. He operated Chamberlain Construction. Jim had been a board member of the Roundout School District. His wife Anji, two daughters, and three grandchildren survive.

Carol DiOrio Snopel ’63, July 14, 2006, LaGrange Park. Survivors include her son, grandson, and mother.
Daniel Marinich ’68, June 9, 2006, Peoria.

Norbert “Norm” Andersen ’69, June 5, 2006, Peoria. He worked in plant security at the Powerton Generating Station in Pekin. Norm had worked in air traffic control in the Air Force.

Barbara Handley ’69, July 7, 2006, Peoria. Employed in the medical department at Caterpillar Inc. from 1947 to 1982, Barbara was founder and past president of the Peoria Association of Industrial Nurses. She was an instructor of First Aid and CPR. A World War II veteran, she served in the Army Nurses Corps. She was a longtime Sunday school teacher at Woodland Baptist Church.

1970s

Barbara Hickam ’71 MA ’77, August 1, 2006, Washington. She retired in 1986 after teaching in Union, St. Clair, and Tazewell counties. She had been president of Alpha Delta Kappa, as well as the Business and Professional Women’s Club. Her son survives.

Richard E. “Dick” Davis ’72, June 19, 2006, Chatham.

Freddy Downey Sr. ’72, June 2, 2006, Ridge Manor, Florida. He worked at Inter-national Harvester in Canton, and then at Anheuser-Busch in Tampa. He served in the Army Reserves. His wife Shirley, three children, and eight grandchildren survive.

Richard Balcom ’74, June 7, 2006, Morton.

Deborah Fischer Breger ’77, August 3, 2006, Highland Park. After graduation Debbie was a special education teacher at Willowbrook School in Glenview. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi. Survivors include her husband Harlan, two sons, and her mother.

1980s

Paul DeJaynes ’87, June 25, 2006, Knoxville. He was a Bradley baseball player, later playing for the Atlanta Braves and California Angels. He played for the World Friendship Series in the U.S. and Europe and for the U.S. Baseball team from 1983 to 1986. He was a softball coach in Knoxville and conducted youth baseball clinics. Paul had worked as a territory manager for Garland Industries since 1999. Earlier he and his father owned a Galesburg driving range. Survivors include his wife Cynthia, three children, and his mother.

Brian Lenaburg ’89, May 1, 2006, San Diego, California. He worked in sales and marketing, most recently for Oasis Products. Brian was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa at Bradley. His parents and brother survive.

1990s

Christopher Orr ’92, August 3, 2006, Jacksonville. He was a vice president of engineering at United Contractors Midwest in Springfield. He enjoyed woodworking. Survivors include his wife Diane, two children, and his parents.

2000s

Melanie Miller ’00, July 8, 2006, East Peoria. Melanie was an RN at Methodist Medical Center. She was a softball player at Bradley. Her parents and brother survive.

Gary Gleespen MA ’01, May 29, 2006, Peoria. He worked in sales at Carpet Weavers. Gary had been vice chairman of the local Republican Party. Survivors include his father.

Sarah Fiedler ’06, July 30, 2006, Antioch. She was an active member of Chi Omega at Bradley. Sarah was a member of the Society for the Advancement of Management and Women in Business. She was a leadership team member at CrossView Church. Survivors include her parents and brother.