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Summer 2013, Vol. 15, No. 2
In Memoriam

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Doris Josephine (Pierce) Fuller (’34), of Erie, Colo., died Aug. 23, 2012. She married Arthur Herbert Fuller, and was a strong advocate for her husband’s osteopathic profession, professional women and seniors. She served in leadership and supportive roles in the Osteopathic Women’s Guild, Women’s Club, Acacia and AARP.

Margaret (Runge) Hainsworth (’34), of Shawnee, Kan., died Oct. 7, 2012. She began her career as an elementary teacher in the Brookfield, Mo., area, and she joined her husband in the operation of the Hainsworth Rexall Drug Store in Brookfield. She later became a social worker for the state of Missouri.

Carabel (Seaman) Nicholson
(’38), of Cambridge, Ohio, died March 8, 2012.

Ruth (Struby) Taylor
(’38), of Wichita, Kan., died Oct. 24, 2011. She was a retired cytopathologist.

Hazel Frances (Briddle) Baurichter
(’39), of Columbia, Mo., died Jan. 15, 2012. She taught business education at Shelby High School, Pattonville High School and Chillicothe High School from 1939 to 1947; she also coached girls’ basketball. For a brief time, she worked in the business office at Stephens College before beginning her career as a homemaker. She later worked as a librarian at Rock Bridge Elementary School and a volunteer librarian at Memorial Baptist Church.

Howard W. Bogener
(’39), of Joplin, Mo., died March 12, 2012. He was an administrator and teacher for 40 years. He served in the Army Air Force during World War II. His last teaching position was at Robinson Elementary in Raytown, Mo. He retired in 1977.

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James W. Elliott, of Kirksville, Mo., died Feb. 10, 2011. He attended Truman State University or two years before enlisting in the United States Navy Air Corp in 1942, but he was honorably discharged due to an eye problem. He enlisted in the United States Army and spent a total of four and a half years in the service. He was discharged in 1946 and worked for Standolind Pipeline, then Service Pipeline and later Amoco Pipeline. He retired in 1981 after having worked in many states and the Gulf of Mexico. He was a member of the Joseph Baldwin Society at Truman State University.

William Henry Fountain
(’40), of Pinecrest, Fla., died in May 2012. He worked as a high school teacher and coach until he was drafted in December 1940. He served in the Sixth Infantry and was later transferred to serve with the Army Air Corps, receiving a commission as an officer in 1942. He was a training officer in New Jersey before being assigned to a unit going to the European theater. With the Ninth Air Force Unit, he spent almost two and a half years in England and northern Europe before returning to the United States in December 1945. His last assignment on duty was executive officer of the 490th Air Service Group with the rank of major. After completing dental school in Kansas City, he started his dental practice in 1950 and moved to Florida in 1951. He retired after 30 years of dentistry. During his lifetime, he was involved in numerous activities, including serving as a partner in a roller skating business, growing citrus, farming and real estate.

Colene (VanSickel) Schmid
(’41), of Branford, Conn., died Feb. 17, 2012. She was a teacher and reading consultant at the Samuel Staples Elementary School in Easton, Conn. She retired in 1984.

Joyce (Cox) Truesdell
(’41), of Moberly, Mo., died Oct. 14, 2012. She taught elementary school for 38 years.

Sarah Rose (Maize) Grossnickle
(’42), of Kirksville, Mo., died Dec. 4, 2011. When her husband, Shag, served as sheriff of Adair County (Mo.), she worked side by side with him. She cared for prisoners and prepared meals for them for eight years. She became a public administrator and served three terms from 1982 to 1993.

James Frederick Lawson
(’42), of St. Joseph, Mo., died Feb. 1, 2012. He was an ordained United Methodist minister who pastored churches throughout Missouri, including the Winston circuit, McCredie, Mercer, Danbury, Polo/Knoxville, Memphis, Downing, Macon, Hannibal Scott, Hannibal First and Fairfax United Methodist Churches.

Mary Elizabeth Witherow
(’42), of Kirksville, Mo., died Aug. 21, 2012. After teaching for a time at various towns in Missouri and Iowa, she settled in St. Louis, where she taught and consulted for public schools for the last 33 years of her 44-year career. She served as supervisor of business education for St. Louis for 17 years and was responsible for the business education curriculum and instruction at 11 high schools. She taught summer courses at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau and for the Missouri State Department of Education. She also spoke at professional meetings and wrote articles for professional journals throughout her career and retirement. In 1967, her practice set for students, “The Secretary on the Job,” was published. She published “At Work in the Office,” with a computer disk for students, in 1998 and “25 + 1 Communications Strategies for Business Education” in 2003. She retired in 1987.

Thelma Jo (Lyons) Christy
(’43), of Macon, Mo., died Nov. 26, 2011. She taught in Macon County rural schools, Callao Public School and Macon R-1 High School for 43 years.

Mary Alice (Hammons) Mabry
(’43), of Kirksville, Mo., died Jan. 25, 2012. She worked at the Alexander Photographic Studio for seven years and attended college during the final years of her employment there. She was a stay-at-home mother for 10 years and then served as a home economist for the Missouri Power and Light Company. She later worked as a home agent for the Extension Service of the University of Missouri in Schuyler County (Mo.). She taught at Kirksville Junior High School for the last 10 years of her career and retired in 1972.

Emma Ruth (Paynter) Jones
(’45), of Weslaco, Texas, died Feb. 3, 2011. She began her teaching career in Hannibal, Mo., where she taught from 1940 to 1947. She then taught at White School in Peoria, Ill., until her retirement in 1975.

Mary (Prather) Banghart
(’46), of Hannibal, Mo., died Jan. 4, 2012. At the age of 92, she was still living at home and caring for herself.

Mary Catherine (Quinn) Sadich
(’47), of Columbia, Mo., died Feb. 18, 2012. She began her teaching career at the age of 17 in a one-room country schoolhouse where she also swept floors, tended the stove and prepared lunch. She moved to Columbia in 1961 and began her 31-year career in the public school system. She became a physical education teacher at Jefferson Junior High. She then taught at Hickman High School and ended her career at Rockbridge High School. She became the school’s first girls’ basketball and track coach and later coached girls’ golf.

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Norval V. DeWitt (’50), of West Des Moines, Iowa, died Feb. 11, 2012. He was a high school teacher and coach in Harcourt, Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955. He was a teacher, coach and athletic director at Urbandale High School from 1955 to 1969. He later served as principal at Rockwell City High School from 1969 to 1972. He accepted a full-time position as a fieldman in 1973 and later became state supervisor and claims administrator for Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance. He retired in 1993.

Joe Bill Mustion
(’50) died in Independence, Mo., on March 10, 2013. He retired from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of major. He had spent several years as a math teacher with the Boonville (Mo.) School District. He most recently retired from the Department of Corrections at the age of 82.

James William Richardson
(’51), of Kansas City, Mo., died Nov. 5, 2011. After high school, he worked at Cook’s Paint and manufactured paint for the war. He was drafted in 1944 and served in Patton’s Third Army, 94th Infantry Division, 302 Regiment, K Company in the mortar and heavy weapons squad. He was awarded the Bronze Star and attained the rank of sergeant by the end of the war. He began his teaching career in Green City and Concordia, Mo. In 1957 he began teaching band at the high school, junior high and elementary levels in Excelsior Springs, Mo. He retired from teaching in 1980 and started a rental business and also worked for a Sinclair station.

Donald Eugene Daniels
(’53), of Novinger, Mo., died Jan. 24, 2012. In 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and held the highest rank of aviation ordnanceman third class. He received three Asiatic-Pacific Stars, seven Gold Air Medal Stars, one Gold Distinguished Flying Cross Star, three Air Crew Wings Stars, a Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He taught business administration at Grundy County R-V and Adair County R-1 and later served as superintendent.

Eula B. Hawkins
(’53), of La Plata, Mo., died Aug. 25, 2011. She taught in rural schools, Elmer Elementary School and La Plata Elementary School before retiring in 1976.

Grace Mary (Perry) VanEaton
(’53), of Chillicothe, Mo., died Jan. 4, 2012. She taught for 37 years in Livingston County, including schools in Condron, Asper and Oak Grove. She was a founding faculty member at Field School where she taught until her retirement.

Stanley Grimm (’54), of Cape Girardeau, Mo., died Sept. 27, 2012. He spent 21 months in the U.S. Army as an enlisted man, including 16 months in Japan. He practiced law from 1959 through 1972 with the law firms of Oliver & Oliver and Rader and Grimm. In 1972, the people of Bollinger and Cape Girardeau counties elected him circuit judge of the 32nd Circuit. He was re-elected without opposition in 1978 and 1984. He was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, in 1987, and he served on that court until 1998, when he resigned and became a mediator and arbitrator.

Mary Jane (Walker) Kohlenberg
(’56), of Pilot Grove, Mo., died Oct. 29, 2012. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a WAVE and worked at the Navy Department in Washington, D.C., until the conclusion of World War II. She was married to the late Gilbert Kohlenberg, professor emeritus of history and head emeritus of social science at Truman. Mary Jane was employed as a mathematics instructor at Truman and retired as assistant professor emerita of mathematics. Her civic involvement was highlighted by her efforts that led to the formation of the Adair County Public Library. She was a strong supporter of Truman State University, and she endowed the 79th Field Hospital Scholarship to honor her husband, Gilbert, and the men and women who served in the 79th Field Hospital during World War II. She also established the Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lisle Walker Memorial Scholarship at Truman in honor of her parents.

Frederick L. Bosley
(’57), of Trenton, Mo., died March 4, 2012. He served in the U.S. Army in the Georgia Basin in France at the end of World War II. He began his teaching career in a one-room rural school. He then taught history for 32 years in the Shawnee Mission School District in Kansas as well as night and summer classes for the Metropolitan Junior College District in Kansas City.

Leo F. Goeke
(’57), of East Chatham, N.Y., died Sept. 18, 2012. A noted American tenor, he performed at the New York Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne Festival, Stuttgart Theater, La Scala and other venues around the world. Among his roles were Alfredo in “La Traviata,” Don Ottavio in “Don Giovanni,” Ferrando in “Cosi Fan Tutte,” Count Almaviva in “The Barber of Seville” and the Italian Singer in “Der Rosenkavalier.” Prior to his Met career, he sang at the New York City Opera, as well as in recitals and concerts in Carnegie Hall and other major venues. He also served for six years in the Missouri National Guard. After a decades-long career performing on the world’s stages, he returned to the United States where he toured nationally and sang as a resident artist with many opera companies, including Santa Fe, San Francisco, Orlando and Palm Beach. In 1994, he became opera director and taught voice at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind. He retired in 2004.

Donald E. Parsons
(’57), of Grayslake, Ill., died Feb. 19, 2012. He was a coach, teacher and administrator in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Terrence “Tex” Donovan Bushnell
(’58), of Nederland, Texas, died Jan. 9, 2012. For two summers, he played for House of David, a professional baseball team based in Benton Harbor, Mich. He was a pitcher and outfielder and traveled throughout the United States, working with Satchel Paige and other notable baseball players. He began his teaching career at Bridge City High School where he taught chemistry and English and coached baseball. From there, he went to Stephen F. Austin High Schooland taught chemistry and biology and coached football, baseball and basketball. He later taught chemistry at T.J. High School. He then went to Port Neches-Groves High School where he taught chemistry and biology before taking on the Distributive Education Program. He retired in 1998 after 30 years. During those years he was also president of the Pioneer Park Little League.

Basil Dean Hunt
(’58, ’59), of St. Louis, Mo., died March 5, 2012. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served with distinction until his discharge. He was an educator and school administrator, capping a distinguished 40-year career as director of elementary education for the Normandy School District. A longtime community leader, Basil served as national president of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity and its Foundation.

George W. Nelson (’59), of Quincy, Ill., died Nov. 15, 2011. He was an accomplished three-sport athlete and was inducted into the Tenafly (N.J.) High School Hall of Fame in 1991. He taught and coached at Tenafly High School in New Jersey until 1964, then taught in Quincy and coached numerous sports in the Quincy Public School District. He retired in 2000. George was born into a “show business” family. His father and grandparents were vaudeville actors and his Uncle Ozzie and Aunt Harriet Nelson had a long career in the music and television industry. George enjoyed the summer he served traveling as a bodyguard for his cousin, Ricky Nelson.

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Josephine (Hume) Plenge Graf
(’61) of Memphis, Mo., died March 3, 2013. She taught in rural Scotland County (Mo.) and at Scotland County R-I. She also taught junior high for two years in Hazelwood, Mo.

R. Kelley Rogers
(’61, ’62), of Macon, Mo., died Jan. 12, 2011. He worked in the funeral business in Brashear, Mo., from 1956 to 1964. He worked as an administrator for school districts in Knox County, Mo.; Marceline, Mo.; Macon, Mo.; Salisbury, Mo.; Bosworth, Mo.; Kansas City, Mo.; North Mercer, Mo.; Harmony, Iowa and Hubbard-Radcliffe, Iowa.

Janet (Hall) Epperson
(’63), of Rochester, N.Y., died May 3, 2012.

Helen Edith Gifford (Sykes) Myers
(’63), of Bolivar, Mo., died Feb. 13, 2011. She taught for 25 years at Brashear High School, Knox County High School, Wyaconda High School and Philadelphia High School.

Mary Elma (Truitt) Whorton
(’65), of Iowa City, Iowa, died March 22, 2012. She began her teaching career as a music instructor in Beaver, Iowa, but spent most of her working life as an instructor of English and literary masterpieces at the high school in Ottumwa, Iowa.

James Chester Coen
(’66), of Blue Springs, Mo., died Aug. 6, 2011. He was a high school teacher for four years at Mound City, Mo. He spent 27 years teaching U.S. history, Missouri heritage, and state and local government at Fort Osage High School. His working and retirement years were devoted to education.

Wendell Holman
(’67), of Creve Coeur, Mo., died June 27, 2011. He taught industrial arts for nearly 40 years at schools in Troy, Brentwood and Wentzville before retiring in 2009. He was an ordained deacon and elder in the former Rock Hill Presbyterian Church.

Charles “Dean” Nuhn
(’68), of Kansas City, Mo., died Jan. 10, 2012. He was a woodworking teacher at Priviso West High School in Hillside, Ill., and a K-12 principal in Bevier, Mo. He was also a carpenter and pastor.

Lavern L. Scott
(’68, ’73), of Wentzville, Mo., died on Sept. 22, 2012. He was a professor at St. Louis University. He served as director of the St. Louis Principals Academy, worked for IDEA (a staff development organization), and served on a board of trustees for the National Staff Development Council. He was also a volunteer fireman for Wentzville.

James B. Wilke
(’68), of St. Louis, Mo., died Sept. 8, 2012. He taught at Fort Zumwalt High School in O’Fallon, Mo., and taught and served as principal at St. Barnabas School in O’Fallon and at a school in Illinois. He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on January 1989 at the age of 42. He was a founding father of the Mu Sigma Chapter of Phi Kappa Theta at Truman State University.

Hubert J. Harris
(’69), of Omaha, Neb., died Oct. 23, 2011. He served in the U.S. Army and later worked as a foreman at the Associated Electric Cooperative. He also worked for Laidlaw Transportation in Omaha, Neb.

Carolyn Ann Martin
(’69), of Temple, Texas died on March 15, 2013. She was married to Ronald Martin and worked as a registered nurse until her retirement in 2010.

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Donna (Dodd) LaCore
(’70), of Melissa, Texas, died Oct. 14, 2011. She was a teacher for more than 25 years.

Bonita J. Tompkins
(’70), of Iowa City, Iowa, died Dec. 22, 2011. She was a teacher for 35 years and retired in 2004. She taught in South Shelby School District in Shelbina, Mo., and in the Lisbon Community Schools, where she created a K-8 resource room for the learning disabled.

Sandra (Scheffel) Kahl (’71), of Bunker Hill, Ill., died Jan. 30, 2013. She was a teacher at Shipman Grade School. She was a member of Southwestern-Bunker Hill Retired Teachers Association and the Ladies Fellowship at the First Congregational Church in Bunker Hill.

Lois (Cragen) Korte
(’71), of Bowling Green, Mo., died June 9, 2011. She taught fourth grade at Frankford Elementary. Afterward, she worked at Ruth Jensen Village.

William T. Teneyck
(’71), of Lewistown, Mo., died March 6, 2012. He taught industrial arts for 30 years in the Lewis County School District. He also served as assistant director for Wider Opportunities.

Stephen Lynn Vaughn
(’72, ’73), of Paw Paw, Mich., died July 21, 2012. He was a guidance counselor for the public schools in Lawrence, Mich.

Sydney Marlene (Buster) Denninghoff
(’74), of Columbia, Mo., died Sept. 29, 2012. She was a nurse for her entire life and worked at the Missouri Department of Corrections in Jefferson City for many years. She and her husband, Jim, traveled to Mexico together and provided volunteer medical services to those in need.

Wayne P. Bailey
(’75), of Kirksville, Mo., died of lymphoma June 9, 2013. He was a professor emeritus of computer science at Truman State University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972, earning the rank of sergeant E-5 in the infantry and finishing the NCO Academy at Ft. Richardson, Alaska. In 1980, he became a professor of computer science at Truman, where he designed and implemented the first computer science degree program. He and his wife, Donna (Tague) Bailey (’76, ’84), who retired from Truman in 2009 as emerita instructor in mathematics, created the Wayne P. and Donna J. Bailey Scholarship Fund at Truman.

Dominic A. Grasso
(’75), of Olathe, Kan., died Feb. 12, 2012. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp for four years during the Korean War. He taught and coached at schools in Glenville, Pleasantville, Iowa City, Keokuk and at Garrigan Catholic High School in Algona, Iowa. He was the Oelwein High School principal from 1977 to 1995.

James D. West
(’75), of Newton, Iowa, died June 25, 2011. He was employed by First Newton National Bank and became president of Monroe State Bank.

Jane (McQuiston) Eversman
(’76), of Chicago, Ill., died Dec. 1, 2011. She taught at Romeoville High School.

Judy Lugiano
(’78), of Sperry, Iowa, died Nov. 25, 2011. She worked for the Iowa Department of Transportation for 20 years and retired in 2009.

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Darrell E. St. Clair
(’80), of Niangua, Mo., died Feb. 2, 2012. He was a former Clark County deputy sheriff and assistant vice president for Commerce Bank. He worked for the State of Missouri Department of Insurance and later for the State Economic Development.  He also worked as a project manager for the University of Missouri.

Michelle (Jones) Hopper
(’85), of Bates City, Mo., died March 3, 2012. She was a senior bank examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City for 26 years.

Bruce D. Naughton
(’85), of Overland Park, Kan., died Jan. 4, 2011. He was employed by DST Systems Inc. in the Kansas City area.

Kevin C. Dane (’87), of Williamsburg, Iowa, died Aug. 21, 2011. He taught in the Willow Lake Schools in South Dakota, the Gilmore City-Bradgate Schools and at Woodward-Granger Schools. In 1984, he began teaching and coaching at Lynnville Sully and retired in 2010.

José Antonio Fábres
(’88), of St. Joseph, Minn., died June 21, 2012. He was an associate professor of Hispanic studies at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University in Minnesota where he served as head of the Department of Hispanic Studies for 12 years.

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Janet (Allen) Hartsfield
(’94), of New Bloomfield, Mo., died Oct. 14, 2011. She was employed as a program assistant with the Missouri School of Religion in Jefferson City, Mo. She worked as an assistant director with the State of Colorado Office of Energy Conservation and as the executive director of the Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency.


Jennifer Carter Boyce
(’03), of Ballwin, Mo., died Jan. 24, 2013. She was an epidemiologist at the State Department of Health in Madison, Wis.

Lois Ann (Hains) Unger
(’05), of Liberty, Mo., died Oct. 15, 2011. She worked as an assistant head librarian in the Mid-Continent Library system, most recently at the Riverside, Mo., branch.

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Elizabeth Marie Koch
, of New Athens, Ill., died June 28, 2012. She was a junior communication major. She was a member of the Phi Sigma Phi honor fraternity and Lambda Pi Eta, Nu Chapter. She was an intern at Salvation Army in St. Louis, and a part-time worker at Cash Saver grocery store.

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Kathryn Blair
, of Kirksville, Mo., died July 13, 2012. She began teaching at Truman State University in 1970 and taught courses in biomedical ethics, women’s studies, introduction to ethics and philosophy and public affairs. She retired as professor emerita of philosophy in 2004.

Michael G. Davis
, of Kirksville, Mo., died March 10, 2012. He joined Truman State University’s faculty in 1974 and taught anthropology. He was honored with the title of professor emeritus of anthropology. His research focused on the cultural and linguistic anthropology of native North America, cultural anthropology of the martial arts, paleotechnology, tai chi chuan, and Central Asian studies. He published a book, “Ecology, Sociopolitical Organization, and Cultural Change on the Southern Plains,” and wrote articles on the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, Native North American archery and tai chi chuan. He was also co-editor of The Journal of Asian Martial Arts.

Austin E. Jay Jr.
, of Kirksville, Mo., died July 12, 2012. He was a long-time professor and pre-med advisor at Truman State University, retiring as professor emeritus of zoology. In 1996, he was presented an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Hubert “Hugh” T. Moore, Jr.
, died on Feb. 9, 2013, at Lakeview Village in Lenexa, Kan. Beginning in 1963, he served as a member of the Truman faculty for 26 years retiring as professor emeritus of English. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

Herman P. Wilson, of Raymore, Mo., died May 10, 2013. Herman served in the U.S. Army from 1944 through 1946, including service in Europe in World War II, and was recalled to active service during the Korean conflict from 1950 through 1951. In 1968, Herman moved to Kirksville, where he served as a member of the faculty at Truman for 22 years. He retired as professor emeritus of English.

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Richard J. Detweiler
, of Kirksville, Mo., died July 25, 2012. He was a reverend in St. Louis, at St. John’s Methodist from 1953 to 1955 and at Concord Trinity United Methodist Church from 1956 to 1959. He then served the United Methodist Church in Hayti, Mo., for six years before being appointed program director of the Missouri East Conference in Crystal City. He held this position until 1970. From there, he was appointed to the First United Methodist Church in Kirksville, Mo., where he served until 1976. He stood in as the superintendent of the Mexico District for six months and then worked as the superintendent of the Hannibal-Kirksville District. He and his wife served their final church, Memorial Methodist Church in Farmington, Mo., from 1982 to 1987. He became the superintendent of the St. Louis North District for four years and retired in 1991 to Kirksville. Richard and his wife, Mary Lou, are long-time supporters of the University’s Kohlenberg Lyceum Series.

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