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Bradley Hilltopics

Fall 2010 • Volume 16, Issue 4  

In Memory

Faculty and Administration

DR. SAM FAN, associate professor of biology, died on July 23 in Peoria. He began teaching microbiology at Bradley in 1992. A member of the University Senate for 15 years, he served as its president for two years. Dr. Fan also was a clinical assistant professor in pathology at the University of Illinois School of Medicine, Peoria. He held a doctoral degree in immunology from the University of Illinois, and did postdoctoral research at Duke University for seven years. He played the cello in symphony orchestras in Peoria and Durham, N.C. Active in Rotary, twice he was named a Paul Harris Fellow. Surviving are his wife LORI WINTERS FAN ’80, executive director of alumni relations at Bradley; his father; and two sisters.

DR. WARREN DWYER, English professor emeritus, died on July 16 in Peoria. He taught at Bradley for more than 40 years, retiring in 1994. The 1980 recipient of the Putnam Award for Teaching Excellence, he held a doctoral degree from the University of Illinois. Survivors include his wife, Bradley economics professor Dr. Jannett Highfill, and one son.

DR. CHARLES E.P. SIMMIONS, chairman of Bradley's history department from 1967 to 1970, died on August 4, 2009. He served as president of Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, from 1977 to 1984. From 1985 to 1997, he taught American history and government at Midland College in Texas. His wife Peggy, seven children,
and nine grandchildren survive.

JAMES LEWIS, former manager of Robertson Memorial Field House, died
on July 31 in Peoria. Survivors include his wife JOCELYN METZGER LEWIS ’05, office manager of Bradley's police department, and two daughters.


EDWARDINE SPERLING ’33, July 23, Peoria. Employed by School District 150 for 41 years, she was Peoria County’s teacher of the year in 1974. Edwardine was chairman of the English/speech department at Woodruff High School for seven years. She was an active volunteer and a member of Pi Beta Phi and PEO.

MARGARET EWAN RILEY ’34, March 10, New York City. She taught home economics and English in Eureka until 1945. From 1960 to 1970 she was the dietitian at Eureka Hospital. A member of the school board and the library board, she was also active in her church. Her son and two grandchildren survive.

CONRAD IBER ’35, June 3, Peoria. He and his brothers operated C. Iber & Sons, a construction company that built schools, hospitals, and other large structures. Later, he ran Tousley-Iber Co. and ConIber. Con also founded a state bank and was a developer of subdivisions and industrial properties. Active in the community, he served on the board of the Children’s Home. Two children, six grandchildren, and a great-grandchild survive.

GEAN DENTINO ’37, April 29, Pekin. She taught physical education at Roosevelt Junior High and Peoria High School for 39 years, retiring in 1981. Gean and her sister operated dance studios in Peoria and Pekin from 1932 to 1976. Later she taught at the Miller Senior Center for many years, and was honored for being a role model for other seniors. Gean enjoyed square dancing and was a member of the River Valley Cloggers until 2004. More than 100 nieces and nephews survive.

ROBERTA WILEY SMITH ’37, June 19, Tucson, Ariz. She and her late husband founded Home Comfort Products Co., which was later sold to ALCOA. They helped found Youth Farm near Peoria. After relocating in 1972, the Smiths were involved with the University of Arizona, where they received a lifetime achievement award. Bobbie is survived by her daughter and grandson.

SHIRLEY ARENDS SCHLINK ’39, July 21, Peoria. She retired in 1979 after a long teaching career in School District 150. Shirley was a member of Sigma Kappa at Bradley. Her daughter, three granddaughters, and three great-granddaughters survive.


PAUL GANGLOFF ’40, May 28, Eureka. He owned Gangloff Jewelers and China Closet for almost 20 years, retiring in 1984. Earlier, he operated Gangloff Jewelers in St. Petersburg, Fla., for 11 years. A World War II Army veteran, he was active in the Eureka community. Paul was a member of Rotary and Knights of Columbus. Two daughters survive, along with several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

NADENE GRAHAM McINTYRE ’40, May 18, Hanover. Nadene retired as a state investigator for the Department of Professional Services in 1982. Active in Republican Women for 25 years, she served as county chairwoman for eight years. She was a member of the DAR and the Eastern Star. Two daughters, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren survive.

FLOYD WHITE ’40, May 20, Galena. A World War II Army veteran, Floyd earned an MBA and CPA from Northwestern. He was executive vice president and treasurer of G.S. Blakeslee & Co. in Chicago. Surviving are his wife Sybil, four children, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

MERABELLO “MEL” PELINI ’41, May 5, Chillicothe. He was postmaster from 1965 to 1978. Mel also was an alderman and served as president of Rotary, the local sanitary district, and United Way. He was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. His wife Elenora, one son, his brother MARIO PELINI ’40, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren survive.

BETTIE STABLETON RIGG ’43, July 4, Peoria. She was active in several volunteer organizations, and enjoyed golf and bridge. Surviving are her son, two grandchildren, and her companion Steve Ferri.

ROBERT HESSION ’47, June 22, Sierra Madre, Calif. A World War II Army veteran, he was a real estate agent in Pasadena for 40 years. Survivors include his wife ANNA MARY CHIOTTE HESSION ’44, four children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

ETHEL STAKER ’49, April 19, Morton. She was a teacher from 1934 to 1978, primarily in the Pekin public schools. She held a master’s degree from Illinois State University.

JACK TENDERING ’49, June 7, Palatine. He was a territory manager for Campbell Soup Co. for almost 20 years and then worked as a district sales manager for The Wall Street Journal. Jack received two Purple Hearts for his Army service during World War II and the Korean War. Surviving are his wife Janice, five children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

ROBAH WYCOFF VALLEZ ’49, May 29, Naples, Fla. She was an artist, specializing in wooden maps and seaside art. She and her husband JERRY VALLEZ ’50 enjoyed boating. He survives, along with their two daughters.


DONALD BYBEE ’50, April 20, Canton. He was a regional manager of the Illinois Employment and Unemployment Services until retiring in 1987. Don also taught economics at Spoon River College. He held a master’s degree from Western Illinois University. His son and three grandchildren survive.

PETER PAOLUCCI ’50, July 13, Lacon. He was 10th Circuit Court judge from 1974 to 1987. He returned to practicing law from 1989 to 2010. Earlier, he had been Marshall County state’s attorney and then an associate judge. A World War II Army Air Forces veteran, he earned his law degree from Saint Louis University. Surviving are his wife Germaine, two daughters, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

ROBERT ZOBEL ’50, Jan. 26, Bloomington, Minn. Bob was a regional sales manager for RJR Archer Inc. He served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. Bob was president of Theta Xi at Bradley. He was involved in Masonic work. Surviving are his wife Carolyn, three children, his brother HERBERT ZOBEL ’50, 11 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

JACOB FRANTZ ’51, Feb. 14, Rushville, Ind. Jake and his wife Phyllis operated JM Frantz Jewelers for 51 years. She survives, along with two sons and two grandsons.

ROBERT W. JOHNSON ’52, April 24, Naples, Fla. He was marketing manager of the Midland Industrial Paint Co. Bob and his wife Marilyn moved to Florida and Williams Bay, Wis., after retiring. He was active in Rotary and his church. Bob was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha at Bradley. His wife survives, along with three children, 13 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

DONALD SCHNAKE ’52, June 17, Huntley. He retired in 1987 after 18 years as head football coach at Elk Grove High School. Earlier, he taught and coached at high schools in Vandalia, Aledo, and Charleston. He received an award from the Illinois State Historical Society for a book he wrote about his former coach. A Marine veteran, Don was a member of the 1949–50 championship BU basketball team. Survivors include his wife Marilyn, four children, and eight grandchildren.

JERRY SELIG ’52, July 7, Phoenix. He operated Selig Leasing Co. in Milwaukee for many years. Jerry served in the Air Force Reserve and was an avid horseman. Survivors include his wife Marcia, two daughters, five grandchildren, and his brother Bud Selig, commissioner of Major League Baseball.

FRANK STEAR ’52, July 13, Hanna City. He was a field engineer for Caterpillar in Decatur. Frank was a volunteer firefighter and served on the village board. Surviving are his wife Ruth, four children, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

THOMAS "T.J." FOLEY ’53, July 15, Peoria. He was a stockbroker for SmithBarney for more than 50 years. T.J. was a member of Sigma Chi and Knights of Columbus. An avid golfer, he was a Korean War Army veteran. Survivors include his wife Julie, four children, and 12 grandchildren.

JANE MEAD FARNAN-DWYER ’54, May 15, Peoria. She was a speech-language pathologist, retiring from Pekin District 108 in 1995. Jane was a member of Pi Beta Phi at Bradley. She was active in the Peoria-area Panhellenic and the AMVETS women’s auxiliary. Her two sons and grandson survive.

ROBERT O’FARRELL ’54, Jan. 29, Grayslake. He was a member of Theta Chi. Survivors include his wife Lois, two children, four grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

CLARENCE “JOE” BEARDSLEY ’55, May 15, Melbourne, Fla. He served in the Air Force for 22 years, earning Silver and Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. Later he was an engineer for ACF Industries and Shands Hospital in Gainesville. Survivors include his wife Sylvia, two daughters, four grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

W. SUMNER BORIN ’55, May 23, Peoria. He taught for many years in School District 150 and at Bergan High School. He was an Army veteran. Surviving are two children, five grandchildren, and sisters MARION BORIN CLARK, MA ’65 and SONDRA BORIN HUGHES ’57.

ANN BOYD McCUMBER ’55, April 26, Peoria. She was a substitute teacher and taught at Kingman Grade School during the 1966 school year. Ann enjoyed needlework. Two children including NICHOLAS McCUMBER ’93, two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren survive.

HENRY SCHULER ’55, June 7, Metropolis. He retired from Pennsylvania Millers Mutual Insurance. Henry was instrumental in providing water to thousands of rural homes in Marion County. He was an Army veteran. Surviving are his wife Eva Eulene, a daughter, and a granddaughter.

STEPHEN LUCAS ’56, June 28, East Peoria. He was an accountant at Caterpillar for 36 years. An avid golfer, Stephen was an Army veteran. His wife Jenette, two children, and four grandchildren survive.

ROBERT WEBB ’56, April 20, Lansing. He worked in management for U.S. Steel-Gary Works for 30 years. He then spent 13 years as a commercial real estate broker. Bob was active in his church. He was an Air Force veteran. His wife Edna, two daughters, and seven grandchildren survive.

BERT "LEE" UTT ’57, May 30, Overland Park, Kan. He was a civil engineer with the FAA, retiring in 2002. Lee was captain of championship basketball and baseball teams at Bradley, and won the Watonga Award. He was a member of the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame and the Greater Peoria Hall of Fame for both sports. Lee played baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Survivors include his wife RUTHE CHAPMAN UTT ’61, three children, six grandchildren, and his sister SHARON UTT WHITE ’63.

WILLIAM T. FOWLER ’59, May 26, 2009, Bella Vista, Ark. He was a member of Theta Chi at Bradley. His wife Karin survives.

ROBERT HASTERT ’59, June 30, Lemont. Bob owned White Fence Farm restaurant in Romeoville and its carryout locations in suburban Chicago. He was a Bradley Centurion and Distinguished Alumnus. A Navy veteran, Bob enjoyed boating on Lake Michigan and collecting vintage automobiles. He was active in Rotary. Survivors include two daughters and three grandchildren. Read a 2006 article about Bob and White Fence Farm at

JOHN VICARY ’59, July 6, Brentwood, Tenn. He worked for Keystone Steel & Wire Co. for 40 years. A Korean War Navy veteran, Jack was involved with his church, the county library system, and the Nashville Rescue Mission. Survivors include his wife Marilyn, four children, 10 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.


SHIRLEY MOOS ’60, June 4, Peoria. She retired in 1990 after teaching for many years at the Adult Education Center in School District 150. She was honored in 1974 as the Illinois Adult Education Teacher of the Year. Her husband HOWARD RAY MOOS ’47 MS ’52, two children, three grandchildren, and a great-grandson survive.

MICHAEL SULEIMAN ’60, May 12, Manhattan, Kan. A distinguished professor of political science at Kansas State University, he helped start the department in 1965. The Suleiman Chair in Arab and Arab-American Studies was established in 2005 at Kansas State. With more than 70 publications to his credit, he was considered the foremost scholar of Arab-American issues in the nation. Four times he studied the Arab world with a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship. He held master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Wisconsin. Survivors include his wife Penelope, two children, and four grandchildren.

GARY SWEETNAM ’60, July 2, West Peoria. He owned and operated Sweetnam Hardware and Model Trains Co. in Peoria. Gary was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

JACK WORMS ’60, July 4, Morton. After a 30-year career at Caterpillar, Jack retired in 1985 as a price analyst. A Korean War Army veteran, he was active in Masonic work. Jack enjoyed fishing and square dancing. Surviving are two children including DOUGLAS WORMS ’92 and two grandchildren. His wife Barbara died last September.

SOLIE MYERS ’61 MA ’68, July 21, Pekin. He served five terms as regional superintendent of schools for Tazewell County. Later, he was director of Mid-Illini Education Cooperative. Solie enjoyed fishing. Surviving are his wife MARY WURMNEST MYERS ’67, four children including DOUG WURMNEST ’85, and nine grandchildren.

JOHN C. STONE ’64, June 25, Springfield. He invented an industrial finishing machine and owned RotaTory & Rack Co. and Do-All Finishing Co. Inc. John had served as president of the Chicago Industrial Council and as a regional officer in Sigma Nu. He enjoyed restoring antique cars. Surviving are his wife DORIS “SUNNY” NIELSEN-STONE ’63, two daughters including HEATHER STONE GRIEVES ’92, and six grandchildren. His twin, LINDA STONE ANDERSON ’74, also survives.

LEVERN TART ’64, June 22, Island Park, N.Y. Voted the most valuable player of the NIT tournament in 1964, Levern went on to play with the Oakland Oaks in the new American Basketball Association (ABA) where he was nicknamed "Jelly." He later played for the New York Nets, as well as teams in Houston and Denver. He scored 5,316 points in 274 games in the ABA. Levern was site manager of a senior care center and also worked as recreation coordinator of a juvenile detention center. His son and two grandchildren survive.

WILLIAM TUNIS ’64, May 17, Pekin. He served on the board of Pekin Insurance from 1978 to 2006. After working at Herget Bank for 21 years, Bill joined Pekin Insurance in 1985. Active in the community and his church, Bill had been chairman of the Pekin Hospital board. He was a member of Theta Xi and served on the board of Bradley's alumni association. Surviving are his wife Ann, two children, and six grandchildren.

RICHARD APPLEGATE ’66, July 16, Peoria. He was a music teacher and choral director in several schools, and retired from School District 150 in 2005. Dick was a founding member of the band Applegate and Company. He played five-string banjo and taught private lessons. He was choir director of Universalist Unitarian Church for 26 years. Dick was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity. Survivors include his wife Paula, two sisters, and a brother.

RONALD KAEHLERT ’66, May 16, Bloomington. He served in the Air Force for 20 years, retiring as a major. He then worked for Harris Corp. in Florida and New Mexico until 2004. Ron held a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University. Surviving are his wife Karen, one son, and three grandchildren.

JOHN M. SCHILLING, MA ’66, June 12, Neenah, Wis. He retired from teaching at Menasha High School in 1987. Earlier, he taught at Richwoods High School in Peoria and Rock Valley College in Rockford. John was a World War II Navy veteran and an avid conservationist. Survivors include his daughter and two grandsons.

MITCHEL CONNER ’68, April 29, Avon, Ind. A Navy veteran, he had been president of Havens Erectors Inc. Surviving are his wife Nancy, two sons including MATTHEW CONNER ’95 MSCE ’97, three grandchildren, and his parents.

SARGE HOLTZMAN ’69, Oct. 9, 2009, San Francisco. He was an attorney. Sarge was a member of Alpha Epsilon Pi at Bradley. His wife Lili and his sister survive.


NICHOLAS PIERCE ’70, July 8, Peoria. He attended Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary in Wisconsin and became a priest in 1945. He was the rector of churches in Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, and Pekin until retiring in 1968. He later worked at many churches in central Illinois. Active in Optimist Clubs, he was president of the Peoria evening group and lieutenant governor of the Illinois district. He enjoyed hiking and golfing. Survivors include his wife LOUISE “LUCY” PIERCE, MA ’83, eight children, 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

WILLIE T. COX, MA ’71, April 10, 2009, Richmond, Va. He worked in education for 30 years. In Peoria, he taught at Loucks School, was principal at Blaine-Sumner, and assistant principal at Tyng School. His wife Eva and one son survive.

ROSELYN JENSEN, MA ’71, June 28, Mount Sterling. She taught fourth grade for 36 years at Grundy School in Morton. Roselyn worked to preserve and maintain Jensen Woods Church Camp. She enjoyed traveling and gardening.

ELSIE STUTTS ’71, March 3, Lakeland, Fla. She was a middle school teacher in Polk County. She also taught Sunday school and enjoyed bridge. Two sons and two grandsons survive.

ROBERT EASON, MEA ’72, July 8, Hopedale. He worked at Caterpillar and owned Eason Engineering. Survivors include his wife Doris, five children, 11 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

KURT MILLER ’78, July 7, Prospect Heights. Kurt was a sales manager for ABC Printing in Chicago. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon at Bradley. His brother survives.

HALLIE COHEN ’79, June 26, 2009, Beachwood, Ohio. She taught in the Solon city schools. Hallie served on Student Senate at Bradley. Her mother, brother, and sister survive.


DAVID LEE TUCKER ’81, Dec. 4, 2009, La Follette, Tenn. A Navy veteran, he worked in industrial technology at Bradley, Southern Illinois University’s Belleville Research Center, and abroad. Two children, a granddaughter, and his companion Donna Hollenbaugh survive.

WILLIAM K. SCHNEIDER ’84, May 2, St. Clair, Mich. He was an Air Force veteran. Survivors include his wife Mary Ellen, two children, his parents, and two granddaughters.

SIMON IZAGUIRRE ’85, April 27, Brownsville, Texas. He was an engineer, working most recently for Ideal-Tridon Inc. of Matamoros, Mexico. Simon loved merengue and salsa music. His wife Elizabeth and three daughters survive.


SANG PHAN ’92, May 19, Peoria. At Caterpillar, he was services marketing manager of North American commercial division parts and services. A soccer player at Bradley, he won several awards in taekwondo. His wife JANELLE MIXELL PHAN ’92, two daughters, and his parents survive.


DEREK PETERSON ’00, Oct. 5, Winter Garden, Fla. He began his career with Walt Disney World in 1999 as a Bradley intern. In 2004 he received the Partners in Excellence Award, Disney’s most prestigious lifetime achievement award. Derek helped launch a Disney facility in Hong Kong. His most recent position was event manager of special events marketing. Derek was a member of Delta Tau Delta at Bradley. He is survived by his parents and brother.

KATHERINE KOCELKO SWOBODA ’08, May 18, Palatine. Katie was a member of Alpha Chi Omega. Survivors include her husband Sean, her parents, and three brothers.

PAUL EVERTS ’09, July 13, Naples, Fla. He was the tennis coordinator at the Naples Beach Hotel & Resort. Paul also enjoyed fishing and kayaking. Surviving are his mother and father ROBERT EVERTS ’82, and two sisters including RAEANNE EVERTS ’03.

“In Memory” Guidelines: In Memory is written from newspaper clippings, as well as published obituaries supplied by friends and family. Bradley Hilltopics attempts to identify spouses, parents, children, and siblings who are also Bradley alumni. Submit an obituary by mailing a newspaper clipping or memory card from the funeral home to Bradley Hilltopics, 1501 W. Bradley Ave., Peoria, IL 61625.