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Winter 2011 • Volume 17, Issue 1  

In Memory


DR. PAUL SNIDER, professor emeritus of communication, died on Nov. 19 in Peoria. He taught journalism from 1955 to 1985, except 1970–72 when he founded the mass communications department at American University in Beirut, Lebanon. In 1967 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Kabul, Afghanistan. Dr. Snider received Bradley's Putnam Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1976. He held a doctoral degree from the University of Iowa. A World War II veteran of the Army Signal Corps, he was a Presbyterian lay minister for 20 years and was active in prison ministry. Two endowed funds were established in his name at Bradley in 1996. Survivors include his wife June, three children, and two grand-daughters.


VARDNER EDEN '31, Oct. 9, 2010, Indianapolis. He owned Eden's Shoe Store in Pekin for 45 years and then was a bailiff at the county courthouse. Vard served on the Pekin Memorial Hospital board for 27 years. He was active in Grace United Methodist Church and in Masonic work. He was 102. Survivors include two daughters, his sister MILDRED EDEN HIMMEL '42, four granddaughters, nine great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

JAMES THOMASON '37, Aug. 15, 2010, Wailuku, Hawaii. He worked for 11 years at the White House's Bureau of the Budget and then became deputy assistant postmaster general for the former Post Office Department. He oversaw the mechanization of mail sorting and retired in 1971. He was a World War II Army veteran and a Sunday school teacher. His daughter and grandson survive.

ELIZABETH WINTERS BELCKE '39, Sept. 19, 2010, Peoria. She taught journalism for three years in Peoria high schools and for six years at Bradley. Elizabeth worked for the Community Chest and Council of Peoria in the late '40s. She was a member of Chi Omega and had been honored for volunteerism in Peoria. Her son and two grandchildren survive.

DOROTHY HENDERSON SCHOCK '39, May 13, 2010, Elgin. She taught business classes at high schools in Burlington and Hampshire, and also worked as a secretary. Survivors include two sons and two granddaughters.


MARY MUSSER HORBALY '40, July 10, 2010, Charlottesville, Va. She served on the board of the University of Virginia Hospital's women's auxiliary. Mary enjoyed art, and won prizes for her pastel landscapes and portraits. She was a member of Chi Omega. Her husband William survives, along with two children and two grandchildren.

ESTHER TEJEDA '41, Oct. 2, 2010, Chicago. She was a high school Spanish teacher in Culver City, Calif., for many years. Esther held a master's degree from Loyola. She enjoyed sewing and photography. Survivors include her sisters TONI TEJEDA '46 and THERESA TEJEDA YEPEZ '49.

MARTHA HEADLEY HONIGMAN '42, Sept. 14, 2010, Arlington Heights. She was a manager with Illinois Bell. A collector of Abingdon Pottery, Martha donated more than 300 pieces to the Knox County Historical Sites in 1994. She was a member of Sigma Kappa.

NORMA FLANERY SCHLINK '43, Sept. 3, 2010, Peoria. A member of Pi Beta Phi, she was a member of St. Philomena Catholic Church for more than 60 years. Surviving are three children, seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-granddaughters.

MARILYN WILSON TREFZGER '46, Aug. 30, 2010, Bloomington. She taught high school social studies in Bloomington and South Bend, Ind., for 11 years. Marilyn became an associate regional minister of the Christian Church in Illinois and Wisconsin, retiring in 1989. She and her husband JOHN TREFZGER '45 enjoyed leading tour groups abroad. He survives, along with three sons, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

MARVIN HULT '47, Aug. 29, 2010, Peoria. He worked for WMBD radio from 1950 to 1957, and then formed his own advertising agency, which became Hult, Fritz, and Matuszak. In 1977 he formed Air Vent Inc., which became the primary American manufacturer of ridge ventilators for roofs. A Bradley Trustee and member of the Centurion Society, he also was president of Bradley's alumni association. He served as president of the Proctor Hospital board for eight years and earned the Robert H. Michel Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. The Hult Center for Health Education is named in his honor. Surviving are his wife Shirley, one daughter, and four grandchildren.

ROBERT DUHS '48, Sept. 8, 2010, Brandon, Miss. A graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary, he preached in weekly TV and radio broadcasts for many years. He served churches in Washington, Florida, and Mississippi. The author of five books, he was a World War II Navy veteran. Survivors include his wife Mary Alice, four children, his brother WILLIAM DUHS '50, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

EUNICE ROSENBOHM OEDEWALDT '48, Sept. 9, 2010, Bartonville. She taught at Tyng School and farmed with her husband Roy. He survives, along with five children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

JAMES VERKLER '48, Sept. 1, 2010, Peoria. He co-owned Verkler-Peyer and Verkler Truck Sales and Leasing. An avid golfer, James was a Bradley basketball player. He was a Navy veteran. Surviving are his wife LOIS RYDEN VERKLER '45, three children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

ERNEST ADAMS '49, Aug. 8, 2010, Gallatin, Tenn. He co-authored two books on Sunday school growth and led many nationwide growth campaigns. He served 26 years with the Baptist Sunday School Board. Ernie was a World War II Naval Reserve veteran. Survivors include his wife Betty, four children, 11 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren.

EDWARD LEWIS '49, Aug. 16, 2010, East Peoria. Ed was employed by A.E. Lucas and Sons for many years. A World War II Army veteran, he was active in Masonic work. Survivors include his wife LOIS STEIN LEWIS '47, two children, four grandsons, and a great-granddaughter.

Musicians made their mark

HELEN ALEXANDER FARES '47, Sept 20, 2010, Chenoa. Helen taught music in Peoria schools for many years. She played in the Peoria and Galesburg symphonies. A member of Sigma Kappa, she was active in many music clubs and volunteered as a reading tutor. Two daughters and her grandson survive.

RUTHANNA "NAN" LOCK DAY '67 MA '00, Sept. 26, 2010, Peoria. Nan was an elementary school teacher and then taught chorus at Woodrow Wilson, Shute, and Lincoln schools. She retired in 2005 after 38 years, but continued as organist at Salem Lutheran Church. Nan served as dean of the local Organ Guild. Survivors include her husband JOHN DAY SR. '06, their son JOHN DAY JR. '08, and her brother GARRY LOCK '76.

BILL HARDESTY '67, Oct. 8, 2010, Peoria. As a high school student, Bill played trumpet with the Peoria Symphony, Peoria Municipal Band, and the Freddie Stevens Orchestra. In 1950 he and his wife SHIRLEY HOWAT HARDESTY '50 began the Bill Hardesty Orchestra, which continues today. Bill taught music in the public schools for many years and later traveled extensively with big bands. He also operated his own cabinetmaking business. A Navy veteran and a charter member of Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity at Bradley, Bill was active in his church. Survivors include his wife, six children, 18 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.


ANN "PEGGY" O'CONNOR STABLES '50, Sept. 22, 2010, Peoria. Peggy worked at Caterpillar in the '50s. A charter member of Chi Omega, she enjoyed sailing and was an active volunteer. Three daughters and two grandchildren survive.

JAMES LOWELL GOLEMAN, MSIE '51, Sept. 2, 2010, Shelbyville. He worked at Oliver Farm Machinery Co. and then at Bondware Co. as manager of engineering services. Lowell served as mayor of Shelbyville for 10 years, and directed a local youth center with his wife Wilma for 12 years. He was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran. Survivors include his wife, four daughters, nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

ROBERT K. SUTER '51, Aug. 4, 2010, St. Charles, Mo. He owned and operated three electronics stores in Illinois, and later worked in corporate technology sales. He was instrumental in bringing 911 service to the county. Bob served in the Army and Air Force during World War II and the Korean War. He held a master's degree from Saint Louis University. Surviving are his wife Erika, three children, and five grandchildren.

GENE COOK '52, July 8, 2010, Independence, Minn. Gene retired in 1987 after 35 years with Sears. He last worked as store manager in South Minneapolis. He served on the local planning commission and City Council for eight years. Gene was a World War II Navy veteran. His wife Sharon, five children, and three grandchildren survive.

WILLIAM STODA '52, Oct. 1, 2010, Peoria. He worked in sales, retiring from John Hancock Insurance. Bill later worked at local golf courses and the Olive Garden. He had served as president of the Peoria Skeet & Trap Club. He was a World War II Army veteran. Survivors include his wife Gloria, four daughters, and two granddaughters.

RUDOLPH BARTHOLOMEW '53, Sept. 7, 2010, Naples, Fla. A retired major general in the Air Force, he served at Battle Creek Air National Guard Base in Michigan until 1969. He later commanded the 127th Tactical Fighter Wing at the base in Selfridge. After 37 years with the military, he moved to Florida and became a part-time sheriff's deputy for 20 years. He was a Bradley Centurion. Surviving are his wife Mary, three children, six stepchildren, 33 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.

D. RALEIGH CARLTON '53 MBA '54, Sept. 23, 2010, Ada, Mich. A World War II Army veteran, he was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Illinois Chapter #1. He lived in Peoria until 2005. He was instrumental in the Bring Home the Duryea campaign, which returned an original Duryea automobile to Peoria. Survivors include his wife HAZEL CARLTON '54, two sons, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

THOMAS A. MOORE '53, Sept. 24, 2010, Owosso, Mich. A retired teacher, he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon.

DAVID SCHLINK '53, Sept. 21, 2010, Peoria. Dave was the promotions/public relations manager for the Journal Star from 1960 to 1991. He served as president of the Midwest region of the International Newspaper Promotions Association. He was a Korean War Air Force veteran. Surviving are his wife BARBARA BARTHELL SCHLINK '55, six children including CATHY SCHLINK HABECKER, MA '81, and 17 grandchildren.

MARILYN O'CONNELL AMBERG '54, Sept. 25, 2010, Peoria. She was a member of PEO, as well as St. Philomena Catholic Church where she sang in the choir. Marilyn's two daughters and three granddaughters survive.

NANCY McCOOL '54, Aug. 29, 2010, Peoria. She worked as an artist and in account sales for International Paper for 41 years, retiring in 1995. Nancy was a member of Pi Beta Phi and the Bradley Braves Club. Two nieces survive.

DORIS SENDER URBAN '54, Jan. 22, 2010, Palos Park. She was an interior designer. Her husband Edmund survives, along with three children and four grandchildren.

FRANK ARCERI '55 MA '57, July 28, 2010, Slidell, La. He operated Arceri and Associates insurance agency, and created a new market for Mardi Gras insurance. An active member of St. Luke's Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, Frank served as president of the Jaycees, Kiwanis, Sertoma Club International, and the Professional Insurance Agents. Survivors include his wife Janet, seven children, 23 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

GERALD RISINGER '55, Aug. 5, 2010, Baton Rouge, La. He was a retired professor of biochemistry at Louisiana State University. Survivors include his wife Joyce, two sons, four grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

JOHN "ACE" FULTON '56, Aug. 15, 2010, Peoria. He worked in real estate and retired from the Human Service Center. Ace served on the board of Pioneer Railcorp. Two children and four grandchildren survive.

DAVID HAMMER '57, Aug. 28, 2010, Kankakee. He and his brother operated a wall and flooring company in Chicago. A Korean War Navy veteran, he enjoyed following the stock market and collecting wine. Surviving are his wife Diane, two children, and a granddaughter.

ROBERT L. MAURICE, MS '57, Aug. 4, 2010, Decatur. He was a teacher for seven years in Delavan and then taught industrial arts in Decatur for 31 years. Bob enjoyed gardening and woodworking. Surviving are his wife Audrey, their daughter, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

DELBERT BIRELINE '58, Aug. 24, 2010, Coarsegold, Calif. He was director of Merced County's outdoor education foundation. A Bradley baseball player, he had been inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame. Survivors include his wife Arlene and three children.

CHARLES GOODALE '59 MSCE '65 MBA '79, Oct. 4, 2010, O'Fallon. He was plant engineer at Pabst Brewing when the Peoria facility closed in 1982. He also taught night classes in math and physics at Illinois Central College until 1981. From 1983 to 2003, he worked for Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis, retiring as operations director of engineering and maintenance. Survivors include his wife Bonnie, three children, his mother, his brother ALAN GOODALE '62, seven grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

HARRY LEONARD '59, July 4, 2010, Ashville, Ohio. He designed and engineered automatic deep-hole mining equipment. Harry was an Air Force veteran. Surviving are his wife Geraldine, four children, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


J. LARRY LaROI '60, April 7, 2010, Libertyville. A member of the American Institute of Architects, Larry's Northbrook-based architectural firm focused on libraries, YMCAs, and church remodeling. He owned a small farm which he named Hilltop Farm. Survivors include his wife Jan, three sons, and nine grandchildren.

LOUIS PELINI '60, May 22, 2010, Ludlow, Ky. A retired Air Force colonel, he flew more than 6,000 hours and received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was commander of the 375th Aeromedical Airlift Wing at Scott Air Force Base. Later he spent 12 years as an administrator in the county schools of San Bernardino, Calif., where he was also president of Rotary and the local symphony. His wife GAY TIMBOE PELINI '59, three children, and four grandchildren survive.

CARL LAUGHLIN '61, Oct. 7, 2010, Bloomington. He retired from State Farm in 2000 after almost 40 years in auto underwriting. Carl had received the Corporate Good Neighbor Award for developing good working relationships. He was an Army veteran. Surviving are his wife Barbara, four children, several grandchildren, one sister, and three brothers including CLIFFORD LAUGHLIN '60 MS '68.

VALERIE SCHEIN TAMKIN '62, Sept. 10, San Diego. After a 37-year career in social work, including 23 years as director of general assistance for Niles Township in suburban Chicago, she and her husband Fred retired to California in 2000. Val was active in her synagogue and several charities. Survivors include her husband, two children, and a grandson.

DAVID WIGHTMAN '62, Sept. 30, 2010, Oak Brook. Dave received letters in football, swimming, and cross country at Bradley. A member of Sigma Chi, he was inducted into the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. He was a Coast Guard veteran, and had earned an MBA from Northern Illinois University and a master's degree from Northwestern. Surviving are his wife Mary Kay, two children, two stepchildren, several grandchildren, and three sisters including MARY WIGHTMAN PRATT '55.

SALLY POTTER DAVIS-EKSTRAND '63 MA '69, Aug. 13, 2010, Peoria. She co-owned and operated Davis Insurance Agency for a number of years. Sally also taught at several local schools, retiring from Peoria Heights High School. She was a commissioned lay pastor in the Presbyterian Church. Survivors include her husband DAVID EKSTRAND '56, two children, two stepchildren, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

THOMAS MORRISSEY III '63, Sept. 19, 2010, Peoria. Tom was president of Mericon Industries and was a partner in Inventory Technology Inc. He was an Army veteran and a member of St. Brendan's Division. Survivors include his wife Mary Beth, two children, and six grandchildren.

PAUL ROUSE '63, April 10, 2010, Moline. He was plant manager of Case IH in East Moline when it closed in 2004. Earlier he worked for International Harvester for 23 years. Paul retired from Goodfield Tillage Equipment in 2008. A Six Sigma Black Belt, he held an MBA from the University of Iowa. He was active in the community and his church. Surviving are his wife Jane, two children, and three grandchildren.

JAMES BRIGGERMAN '64, Sept. 20, Poway, Calif. He worked in computer systems. He enjoyed playing chamber music and traveling with his wife. While living in Peoria, he played in orchestras for Corn Stock Theatre. Jim volunteered at the Baja Animal Rescue Sanctuary. His wife PEG BEAVER BRIGGERMAN '64 survives.

ELIZABETH "ANN" BROWN, MA '64, Sept. 5, 2010, Pekin. She was a teacher and guidance counselor for 20 years at the high school. Ann was a life master at bridge. Surviving are her husband J. Ross Brown, professor emeritus of mathematics at Bradley, four children including KRISTIN BROWN O'CONNOR '74, five grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

RUTH HART '69, Sept. 25, 2010, Peoria. Ruth was an RN, retiring from the Illinois Department of Public Aid in 1983. She enjoyed knitting, and was a member of PEO and various medical societies. Three sons, six grandchildren, and two great-grandsons survive.


LINDA GALL DUNNE '70, Oct. 7, 2010, Gages Lake. She was an elementary school teacher in Lake Zurich for 10 years until managing her husband's business, The Plaster Hang-up. Later she worked at a Christmas shop in Long Grove. Linn was a member of Sigma Kappa and was active in her neighborhood association. Survivors include her husband SCOTT DUNNE '71 and their daughter.

ARTHUR WATSON '71, Sept. 11, 2010, Morton. He retired from Caterpillar in 2004 after a career of more than 30 years. Art then operated his own technology consulting business. He and his wife Kristina also resided in Chicago and Florida. Also surviving are three children and three grandchildren.

VIRGINIA TRENT KENNEDY '74, Jan. 23, 2010, McDonough, Ga. She was a teacher at Smith Elementary School. Ginny held a master's degree in early childhood education from Georgia State University. She was a member of Sigma Kappa. Her son Todd survives, along with
two grandsons and her father.

MARY KNOX '75, Aug. 1, 2010, Atlanta, Ga. Three daughters and three grandchildren survive.


MARY JO MATHIS JOHNSON, MA '80, Sept. 10, 2010, Phoenix. She was an educator in several cities, including Peoria, before moving to Arizona in 1991. Mary Jo worked with the United Methodist Annual Conference Center. Surviving are her husband Robert, two children including JOHN MATHIS '87, two stepchildren, and five grandchildren.

JAMES FRAGGOS '88, Sept. 21, 2010, Oak Park. He worked in sales for Milliken Chemical Corp. A member of Pi Kappa Alpha, Jim played on the Bradley tennis team for four years. Survivors include one son, his partner Jill, his parents GEORGE FRAGGOS '66 and BARBARA ZEISEL MOON '67, and one brother.


JOHN BRADLEY JR. '11, Sept. 9, 2010, Woodstock. He was a novice teacher in social studies at Columbia Middle School in Peoria. John enjoyed outdoor adventures. Surviving are his parents, one sister, and two brothers including MATTHEW BRADLEY '11.

BRANDON BUFFINGTON '12, Sept. 7, 2010, Morton. He worked in his family's landscaping business. He was involved with the Illinois Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Survivors include his parents, a sister, and two brothers.

PHILIP KAISER '12, Oct. 18, 2010, Berwyn. Phil was a communications/advertising major. A Bradley baseball player, he was a relief pitcher and a first baseman/designated hitter. Phil also played on a travel hockey team for many years. His parents, two sisters, and his brother survive.

“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.