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Class Notes 2017


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UPDATES 1920 None
BIRTHS 1920 None
updart UPDATES 1930 None
BIRTHS 1930 None
UPDART DEATHS 1936 Aldo L. Picetti, August 16, 2016, Caldwell, New Jersey.
He is survived by his daughter, Laura Picetti Goepfert '69.  10/16
    1937 Carol Roman Clendenen, January 18, 2017, Eureka , California.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, Phyllis Roman '33 and Emerson Roman '30.  2/17
    1939 Margaret Taylor Courtwright, March 4, 2017, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, John C. Taylor '37, Carl E. Taylor '37, and Gordon Taylor '44. Margaret is survived by her sister, Gladys Taylor McGarey '41.  3/17
UPDATES 1940 None
updart DEATHS 1940 Ethel Rainey Ward, May 12, 2017, Baltimore, Maryland.  5/17
    1941 Sarah Frances Crothers Amspoker, November 1, 2005, Peoria, Arizona.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Amspoker '41, and brother-in-law, Harold Amspoker '39. Sarah is survived by her children, Harry Amspoker '71 and Judith Amspoker Siehl '65.  8/17

Lowell G. McCoy
, March 15, 2017, Cincinnati, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel C. McCoy 1912 and Bessie Watt McCoy 1911, and his sister, Ruth McCoy Kloepfer '35. Lowell is survived by his siblings, Elverne McCoy Tipton '43, Bess McCoy Manney '44, Mary Esther McCoy Barnes '45, and Pressley McCoy '48.  7/17

George E. Aitkin
, April 22, 2017, Overland Park, Kansas.  5/17

Eleanor Sperry Kobe
, January 25, 2017, Carmel, Indiana.  1/17
    1942 Ruth Oherson Anderson, May 11, 2017, Butler, Pennsylvania.  5/17

Betsy McComb Everett
, April 22, 2017, North Canton, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Everett '41, and her sister, Jean McComb Burns '39.  5/17

Mary White Evans
, February 18, 2017, Columbus, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her father, James A. White 1898, siblings, Jean White Kettlewell '45, Marjorie White MacDonald '48, and Thomas White '40, husband, R. Winslow Evans '42, and brother in law, Kenneth V. Kettlewell '45.  2/17

Joseph J. Taber
, December 29, 2016, Washington, D.C.  2/17

Lillian Duncan
, December 22, 2016, Killbuck, Ohio.  1/17

Virginia Pfischner Ford
, September 22, 2016, Huntington, West Virginia.  10/16
    1943 Donna Noble Marconette, June 15, 2017, Hillsboro, Ohio.  6/17

John H. Glenn
, December 8, 2016, Columbus, Ohio.
Senator Glenn was preceded in death by his mother, Clara Sprout Glenn 1919, his mother and father in laws, Margaret Alley Castor 1917 and Homer W. Castor 1919, his sister and brother in laws, Jane Castor Hosey '44 and James Hosey '45, and his nephew, James Walker Hosey '73. He is survived by his wife, Anna Castor Glenn '42. He served as a University Trustee since 1968 and as a Distinguished Alumni Professor in Public Affairs since 1998.

Read the full obituary here.  1/17

Robert C. Lawrence
, December 8, 2016, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his daughter, Ann Lawrence Platt '73.  12/16
    1944 Margaret McCall Ferguson, February 17, 2017, Traverse City, Michigan.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ernest W. McCall 1917, husband, David A. Ferguson '46, and sister, Dorothy McCall Shadle '46. Margaret is survived by her son, Robert L. Ferguson '73.  3/17

Marietta Adams Van Fossen
, January 17, 2017, Mount Vernon, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her father, W. Perry Adams '38, and brother, J. Robert Adams '50. Marietta is survived by her sister in law, Jean McCormick Adams '51.  1/17

Donald M. Castor
, October 8, 2016, New Concord, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his in-laws, Luella Pollock Laing '17 and Samuel McPherson Laing '12, his brother, Edwin Bryce Castor '50, and his cousin, Jane Marie Castor Hosey '44. Donald is survived by his wife, Jane Laing Castor '48, his sister, Janice Castor Heston '48, his cousin, Anna Castor Glenn '42, and his son, Kim Castor '88.  10/16
    1945 Jean Curtis Ewing, January 27, 2017, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Ewing '43.  2/17
  1946 Ruth White Rose, October 6, 2017, Cambridge, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harrison O. Rose '32.  10/17

Marjorie C. Hanes
, July 10, 2017, Zanesville, Ohio.  7/17

Robert L. Hamilton
, February 23, 2017, Cherokee Village, Arkansas.  4/17

Mary McDowell Rhinehart
, March 2, 2017, Steubenville, Ohio.  3/17

Irene Porteus Buxton
, November 5, 2016, Warsaw, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Gene Porteus Buxton '46.  11/16

C. Eileen Stillion Taylor
, October 10, 2016, Columbus, Ohio.  10/16
    1947 Dorothy Knouff Sivard, June 23, 2017, Fair Oaks, California.
She is survived by her husband, Lewis Sivard '52.  7/17

Polly Barron Duff
, June 22, 2017, Cambridge, Ohio.
She is survived by her husband, Francis C. Duff '44.  7/17

May Ireland
, April 7, 2017, Indiana, Pennsylvania.  4/17

Barbara Perrin Dunn
, February 22, 2017, Brattleboro, Vermont.  3/17

Frances Elliott Zellar
, February 24, 2017, Zanesville, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Ina Elliott Helquist '44, and is survived by her granddaughter, Allison Flower Reed '03.  3/17

E. Grace Zimmerman Day
, December 18, 2016, Gnadenhutten, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Ruth Zimmerman Baker '47.  1/17

Mary Shaw Robottom
, September 14, 2015, Garland, Texas.  12/16

Bill Oshima
, September 24, 2016, Las Vegas, New Mexico.  10/16
    1948 Helen HovisHelen Brown Hovis, July 18, 2017, Ithaca, New York.

Our beloved mother and grandmother, Helen Brown Hovis, 92, of 302 Bella Vista Drive, Ithaca, N.Y. (formerly of Indiana) passed away Tuesday, July 18, after taking a fall while on a walk outside.

Born June 20, 1925, Helen was the daughter of Elinor Allison Brown and Milton Ruffner Brown. She was the bright spot in our lives, an inspiration to all and will be missed terribly.

Helen graduated from Indiana High School, received her bachelor’s degree from Muskingum College and her master’s degree in home economics education from Penn State University. She taught home economics in York, P.A., then became a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1959, retiring in 1988.

She was predeceased by William Hovis, her husband of 55 years and her brother, Milton Brown. She is survived by her daughters, Christine Hovis Sukel '83 of Chagrin Falls, Ohio and Kathryn Hovis Younger '87 and husband Todd Younger of Locke, NY and her five grandchildren: Zachary, Griffin, Spencer, Ellie and Abby; sister LaRue Kensey of Clymer, Pa. and sister-in-law Irene Brown of Indiana.

Read the full obituary here.   7/17

Helen Addicott Rhodes
, February 8, 2017, Evertt, Washington.  4/17
    1949 Marianne Ulbrich Campbell, August 30, 2017, Chillicothe, Illinois.
She is survived by her husband, Mel Fox Campbell.  9/17

Esther Lewis Waddell
, July 28, 2017, Saint Clairsville, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, G.R. Waddell.  7/17

Ella Berresford Waltz
, July 10, 2017, Tucson, Arizona.
Ella passed into God's embrace peacefully at the age of 90. She was born in Beaver, PA to Paul and Edna Berresford. She earned her bachelor's degree in education from Muskingum University in New Concord, OH and her master's degree in library science from Kent State University. Ella began her teaching career in Wintersville, OH in 1949 and taught in northern Ohio until becoming Librarian at Bay Village High School.

She is survived by her brother, Thomas Berresford of Tucson, stepdaughter Connie Coffin, stepson Robert W. Waltz, five step-grandchildren, and four step-great grandchildren.

Read the full obituary here.  7/17

Constance Boyd Cross
, January 28, 2017, Las Vegas, Nevada.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sidney Boyd '21 and Georgia Gillogly Boyd '21.  1/17

Sara Young Doughty
, December 6, 2016, Spring Hill, Florida.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Louise Brownlee Young '24, and sister, Linda Young Griffith '53. She is survived by her husband, Donald D. Doughty '50.  12/16

Paul Pashkevich
, September 25, 2016, Parkersburg, West Virginia.  10/16
UPDART UPDATES 1952 Joyce Davidson is finishing two years study with ScreenwritingU in California and will begin marketing her screenplays. She has nothing but high praise for the teacher, Hal Croasmun, and his wife, Cheryl Croasmun, for the outstanding program they have developed. She was the oldest in the class and one of the hardest workers. Joyce can be reached at  5/17
BIRTHS 1950 None
updart DEATHS 1950 Howard J. Brackett, July 25, 2017, Solomons, Maryland.  8/17

Shirley Jorgenson Fodor
, March 2, 2017, North Olmstead, Ohio.  5/17

Barbara Silk Stanley
, January 15, 2017, Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Barbara Silk Stanley, beloved wife and companion of 66 years to her husband Rev. Arthur Stanley '50, mother of three wonderful children Bruce, Mark, and Kathleen, Grandmother to eight cherished Grandchildren, and Great-grandmother to her first great-grand son, Nicolas, died peacefully Sunday morning January 15, 2017 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, after a struggle with a weakened heart.

Barbara was born and raised in western Pennsylvania, graduated Cum Laude from Muskingum University, New Concord, Ohio, and majored in early childhood education. Later she earned a Master’s degree in her field at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She worked professionally as a kindergarten teacher and director of a YWCA pre-school program and served six years from 1972 to 1978 as the Kindergarten Teacher of the Seoul Foreign School in Seoul, Korea. In retirement, Barbara stayed active as a volunteer in social service programs and enjoyed traveling.

She is remembered at Loomis Village in South Hadley where she and her husband were residents for 10 years for her leadership of the monthly Writers Group, as a member of the Health and Wellness Committee, and for her friendly, outgoing supportive personality. Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made to the LOOMIS FRIENDSHIP FUND or to an institution dedicated to Early Childhood Education of one’s choice. A Memorial Service is planned for Loomis Village on Saturday, January 21st at 2pm in the auditorium. A private family Interment will take place in the Springtime.  1/17

Ann McKee Manazir
, December 12, 2016, South Burlington, Vermont.  1/17

Joseph B. Glass
, November 14, 2016, Dallas, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Florabel Glass Patton '34, Herbert M. Glass '36 and Samuel Glass ’38. He is survived by his wife, Joann Best Glass '47.  12/16

Patricia Cooke Burns
, July 27, 2016, Indianapolis, Indiana.
She was preceded in death by her father, Dr. Kenneth Cooke 1914.  12/16

Gordon H. Brevoort
, November 11, 2016, Manahawkin, New Jersey.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Allison Brevoort '49.  11/16
    1951 Nancy Burgum Fletcher, September 1, 2017, Cincinnati, Ohio.  9/17

Marilyn Miller Hall
, June 19, 2017, Warren, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark L. Hall '50.  6/17

Alfred M. Smith
, November 28, 2016, Doylestown, Pennsylvania.  12/16

Bob Stevenson
, October 5, 2016, The Villages, Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Keller Stevenson '53, a niece, Donna Stevenson Runzo '72, and a nephew, John P. Runzo '73.  12/16

Charles R. Meyer
, November 7, 2016, Lexington, North Carolina.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Susann Taylor Meyer '47, and wife, Julianne Myer Meyer '50. He is survived by his daughter, Susan Meyer Thompson '76, and sister Mary Ann Meyer Ferguson '64.  11/16
    1952 Barbara Hart Christy, September 29, 2016, Phoenix, Arizona.  6/17

Margaret Lobaugh Gallagher
, January 8, 2017, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold Lobaugh '22 and Helen Burns Lobaugh '25. She is survived by her siblings, H. Bruce Lobaugh '52 and Kathleen Lobaugh Gavey '56.  5/17

George M. Foliart
, April 24, 2017, Fort Myers, Florida.  5/17

William R. McKenzie
, April 5, 2017, Greensboro, North Carolina.  4/17

Starling D. Green
, February 18, 2017, Duncan Falls, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife, Nolajean Rankin Green '52.  2/17

Arden Birbeck Duffy
, September 15, 2015, East Liverpool, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Marjorie Birbeck '38, sisters, Joyce Birbeck Caldwell '49 and Susan Birbeck Cornwell '54, and niece, Druscilla Caldwell Greaney '74.  2/17
    1953 Mary Jane Barrick Walcutt, October 1, 2017, Newark, Ohio.  10/17

Marilyn Shellito Nichol
, September 6, 2017, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
She is survived by her husband, Charles A. Nichol '53, and her sisters, Carolyn Shellito Phillippe '53 and Shirley Shellito Coulter '51. 9/17

Joseph R. Palmer
, March 10, 2017, Columbus, Ohio.  3/17

June Michael Vickers
, June 24, 2016, Columbus, Indiana.  1/17
    1954 Barbara Farris Capitano, April 22, 2015, Tampa, Florida.  2/17

William F. Emlich
, February 1, 2017, Centerburg, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife, Norma Thomas Emlich '53, children, Kerry Emlich Haddox '79 and William Emlich, Jr. '82, and son-in-law, D. Michael Haddox '79.  2/17

Janet Butte Christman
, October 7, 2016, Schenectady, New York.  10/16
    1955 Shirley Ferguson Fuller, September 11, 2017, Erie, PA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mrs. Lincoln McConnell Ferguson '27 and Dr. Cuyler N. Ferguson '27, her brother, Rev. Richard Ferguson '52, and her relatives, M. Luella Pollock Laing 1917; Ms. Lucile V. Pollock 1917; H. Paul McConnell ’36; Virginia McConnell Thoerner '33; and Mark R. Ferguson '81.  9/17

C. Bruce Haning
, July 19, 2017, Lancaster, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Aken Haning '56, and children, Tim B. Haning '78 and Tracy Haning Tolley '92.  7/17

Mary Hoovler Brook, July 12, 2017, Butler, Pennsylvania.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Mehaffey Hoovler '27, and her brother, Lee Hoovler, Jr. '60.  7/17

Sylvester (Jack) Miller
, March 25, 2017, Port Washington, Ohio.  3/17

Carl F. Bell
, March 20, 2017, Martinsburg, West Virginia.
He is survived by his siblings, Duane Bell '52 and Elizabeth Bell Quinn '59.  3/17

Ruth Casler Standiford
, January 11, 2017, Dallas, Texas.  1/17

Robert S. Kuhn, March 10, 2017, Cambridge, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Cooper Kuhn '54.  3/17
    1956 William R. Barks, August 10, 2017, Zanesville, Ohio.  8/17

Effie Hamman Schlumbohm
, June 14, 2017, Spring Hall, Florida.  6/17

Doris Birtcher Backus
, January 2, 2017, Toldeo, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her father, Fred Birtcher '27, and her husband, G. Read Backus '56.  1/17

Lola Herriott Thomas
, December 23, 2016, Cambridge, Ohio.
She is survived by her husband, Ned Thomas '59, and her sister, Linda Herriott Dietz '69.  1/17

M. Lenore Erb McIntosh
, November 27, 2016, Canal Winchester, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Martha Robbins Erb '30.  12/16

Elizabeth Acker Head
, November 4, 2016, Cleveland, Ohio.  11/16

Mariann Sherick English
, October 31, 2016, Point Marion, Pennsylvania.  11/16

John T. Brewer
, September 23, 2016, Avon, Ohio.
82, of Avon, formerly of Rocky River. Beloved husband of Joan Caughey Brewer '56 for 60 years; loving father of David N. (Amy R.), Douglas G. (Mary M.) and James W. (Teresa J.); fondly remembered by grandchildren, Martha Motley (Scott), Dana Rymarczyk (Kevin), Erin, Hanna Marino (Paul), Ethan (Ashley), Dalton and great-grandchildren, Connor, Carter, Chase and Riley; dear brother of the Rev. Clair H. Brewer Jr. '52 and sister-in-law Janis Ashdown Brewer '52.

Read the full obituary here. 10/16
    1957 Jerry J. Moffitt, June 5, 2017, Saint Petersburg, Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Karol MacKenzie Moffitt '60.  6/17

Sarah Lamont
, July 6, 2016, Delmont, Pennsylvania.  2/17

Fred Seidel
, November 28, 2016, Bellaire, Ohio.  1/17
    1958 Robert J. Malone, November 8, 2016, Columbus, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Griest Malone '58.  11/16
    1959 Richard C. Esler II, January 1, 2017, Springfield, Massachusetts.  1/17

Gary A. Schwab
, May 22, 2016, Mercer Island, Washington.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Mae Wood Schwab '27 and L. Delmont Schwab '29, and his uncle, William R. Schwab '26.  1/17
BIRTHS 1960 None
UPDART DEATHS 1960 Sharon Anderson Speck, July 14, 2017, Worthington, Ohio.
Sharon Jane (nee Anderson) Speck, age 79, of Worthington Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 14, 2017, at the OSU Wexner Medical Center. Sharon was born on April 28, 1938 to the late Charles and Mary Jane (nee Velliquette) Anderson in Port Clinton, OH. She graduated from Port Clinton High School. Through a combined program at Muskingum College and Case Western Reserve University, Sharon earned her BSN to become a Registered Nurse.

After marrying Samuel W. Speck '59, Sharon worked as a public health nurse in Boston while Sam completed his doctoral classes. Traveling to Africa with her husband to continue his dissertation research, she served as Director of Nursing in Malawi African Mental Hospital. After returning to New Concord, OH, Sharon worked part time as a nurse in Zanesville and Cambridge, as a staff nurse in the Muskingum College Student Health Clinic, and served nine years on the Zanesville-Muskingum County Board of Health.

Read the full obituary here.  7/17

Edgar L. Kohler
, May 8, 2017, New Stanton, Pennsylvania.  5/17

Larry Osborne
, May 8, 2017, New Albany, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Bertha Steka Osborne '57, and wife, Elizabeth Weeks Osborne '67. He is survived by his brother, James R. Osborne '52.  5/17

Patrick J. Kelley
, April 11, 2017, Carnegie, Pennsylvania.  4/17

Mary Stonemetz Hartman
, January 29, 2017, Miami Lakes, Florida.  3/17

Arthur R. Clemenson
, February 1, 2017, Cambridge, Ohio.  2/17

Nancy May Griffo
, January 3, 2016, Petaluma, California.  11/16
    1961 Patricia Jones Goodwill, July 20, 2017, Tampa, Florida.
She is survived by her sister, Margaret Jones Russell '61.  8/17

Anna McCabe Womer
, March 27, 2017, Coshocton, Ohio.  4/17

James E. Rench
, December 12, 2016, Covington, Ohio.  12/16

Richard Cameron
, December 3, 2016, Zanesville, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Moore Cameron '33.  12/16
    1962 Suzanne Faris Shadley, October 11, 2016, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
She is survived by her husband, John R. Shadley '63.  8/17

John “Jack” Rukenbrod
, April 30, 2017, Cleveland, Ohio.  5/17

Don R. Connors
, March 19, 2017, San Jose, California.  4/17

Donald L. McKendry
, March 10, 2017, Zanesville, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lester W. McKendry '33, and sister, Betty McKendry '63. Donald is survived by his wife, Jean Welker McKendry '63, and children, Craig A. McKendry '93 and Julie McKendry Matheny '94.  3/17

Janet Skuce CooperJanet Skuce CooperJanet Skuce Cooper
, February 28, 2017, Santa Rosa, California.  3/17

Alan C. Travis
, January 5, 2017, Dublin, Ohio.
Alan is survived by his wife, Fiona Henderson Travis '62.

Read the full obituary here.  1/17

Clyde D. Everett
, October 25, 2016, Uhrichsville, Ohio.  11/16

Melville C. Fordyce
, October 2, 2016, Supply, North Carolina.
He is survived by his wife, Lila Robb Fordyce '61.  11/16
    1963 Judith Knight, May 20, 2017, Zanesville, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her parents, L. Coleman Knight and Dorothy J. Knight, and is survived by her brother, L. Coleman Knight '67.  5/17

Howard W. Davis
, October 27, 2016, Cambridge, Ohio.  11/16
    1964 Dorothy Woerner Wolfley, December 16, 2016, Beavercreek, Ohio.  7/17

James A. Wilson
, May 25, 2017, Vero Beach, Florida.  6/17

Eran Dague Severn
, December 10, 2016, Bismark, North Dakota.  2/17
    1965 Wendy Weaver Pinhey, April 9, 2017, Lake Ridge, Virginia.
She is survived by her husband, David W. Pinhey '62.  4/17
    1966 Susan Glause Finley, May 8, 2017, Marietta, Georgia.
She was preceded in death by her brother in law, James Allen '48, and relatives, David W. Litt '78 and James Phillip Allen '70. Susan is survived by her husband, Allen R. Finley '64, sisters in law, Bernice Finley Litt '55 and Doris Finley Allen '46, and relatives, Gordon F. Litt '80, Susan Litt Ballantine '82, Abigail Ballantine '12, Kenneth Ballantine '77, Wade H. Litt '11, and Katherine Allen Gerber '94G.  5/17

Carl N. Ball
, October 13, 2016, Belpre, Ohio.  10/16
    1968 Florence Romeo Stoneberg, August 24, 2017, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
She is survived by her husband, John F. Stoneberg '66.  9/17

Janice Beahm Feltz
, March 12, 2017, Naples, Florida.  5/17
    1969 Danny E. Shade, July 17, 2017, Mansfield, Ohio.
Danny E. Shade, 71 of Mansfield passed away on Monday July 17, 2017 at Riverside Hospital in Columbus. Danny was born April 25, 1946 in Shelby to the late Willis Eugene and Norma (Harriff) Shade. He was first married to Linda Kay (Donnenwirth) Shade on Sept. 23, 1967 and she preceded him in death on Jan. 10, 2000. On Jan. 2, 2003 he married Vicky (Conn) Shade who survives.

Danny is also survived by sons Timothy, William, and Mark all of Mansfield; granddaughter Hannah Elizabeth Shade of Mansfield; step children John Grewell and Tracy Howell; brother David (Cheryl) Shade of Shelby; and former brother and sister in law Mike (Darla) Donnenwirth of Bucyrus and Saundra (Randy) Keith of Mansfield.

Read the full obituary here. 7/17

Allan C. Christman
, November 14, 2016, Williamsville, New York.  7/17

Harry Lagerman
, December 21, 2016, Antigua, Guatemala.  1/17

Eric F. Kohlmyer
, November 14, 2016, Pine Bush, New York.  11/16

Ruth Ann Simcox
, October 3, 2016, Springfield, Missouri.  10/16

Jean Beucler Evans
, October 4, 2016, Mystic, Connecticut.
Jean Noyes (Beucler) Evans, known as Jeanie to many, passed from this life to more life on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, after a valiant 5-year battle with Multiple Myeloma before succumbing to Ovarian Cancer.

She was born in Englewood, N.J. to Margery and Douglas Beucler on Dec. 22, 1946 and was raised in Leonia, N.J. A graduate of Leonia High School, she helped celebrate her 50th reunion last fall by compiling and emailing classmates' bios helping to build momentum for the reunion.

She was a member of the Kianu Club, whose sisters and those of rival sororities provided her with lifelong friendships. She taught elementary school for 20 years beginning with 3rd grade in Haverford, Pa. Jean taught 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade, completing her career with kindergarten, but her favorite was 3rd. Jean is survived by her husband, David '68; her son, Daniel "Dan"; her daughter, Rebecca "Becky"; her son-in-law, Rob; and grandson, Rowen; her brother, Dwight and his wife, Barbara; and niece, Linda; and nephew, Geoffrey.

Read the full obituary here.  10/16
UPDART UPDATES 1974 Larry RayThe George Washington University School of Law Dean Blake D. Morant presented Larry Ray with the Excellence in Teaching Award celebrating his 30 years of teaching. Larry began teaching mediation and now is Senior Professor teaching negotiation. He has now taught over 2,500 law students. Students praise his teaching as innovative, exciting and immediately useful in the workplace as well as home.

Larry hails from Ohio, graduated (1974) from Muskingum University and Capital University School of Law (1977). He served as Columbus, Ohio, Prosecutor directing the first in the nation criminal mediation program. He served as the first director of the American Bar Association Dispute Resolution and the first director of the National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM).

Today, Larry lives in Washington, D.C. He also teaches business negotiation at Capital University School of Law; is a Senior Instructor at the American Management Association (AMA); Arbitrator at FINRA; Executive Coach at various federal agencies; and on the DC Mayor’s Advisory Board.  5/17

Larry Ray
has recently published two articles: “Communication Causes Conflict (Sometimes)” can be found on the TASA website and "The Unfulfilled Dream of Community Policing,", October issue. Ray is a 1977 graduate of Capital University Law School and is self-employed in Washington, D.C. practicing mediation and negotiation. He serves as a Senior Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University Law School.  11/16
BIRTHS 1970 None
UPDART DEATHS 1970 Janis Spraque Pfuhler, June 7, 2017, Hawley, Pennsylvania.  6/17
    1971 Lynn Gustafson Ashton, May 24, 2017, Beaufort, South Carolina.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Ashton '71.  6/17

Patricia Holton Reese
, February 22, 2017, West Farmington, Ohio.  3/17

Florenco “Flo” Little Rankin
, November 30, 2016, North Canton, Ohio.
She is survived by her husband, David A. Rankin '69.  12/16
    1972 David B. O’Dell, June 20, 2017, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Douglas O’Dell '72.  7/17

Mildred Miller Wright
, July 9, 2016, Cooperdale, Ohio.  7/16
    1973 Constance Virginia Giles, August 12, 2016, Gaithersburg, Maryland. 11/16

Mary Bartlett Reynolds
, October 18, 2016, Topsham, Maine.  11/16
    1976 Robert E. Sutton, April 26, 2017, Cherokee, Alabama.  5/17
    1977 Harvey “Chris” Taylor, January 15, 2017, Uniontown, Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his daughter, Jessica Taylor Yates ’03.  1/17
    1979 Brent W. Yager, October 3, 2017, Marion, Ohio.  10/17

Heather Broadhurst
, May 17, 2017, San Diego, California.  5/17

John D. Robinett
, May 8, 2017, New Albany, Ohio.  5/17
UPDART UPDATES 1981 Chuck Tuttle has accepted the position of CEO of the Cleveland Christian Home effective October 1. He can be reached at  10/16
    1986 Phillip KanePhillip Kane is now the Chief Commercial Officer, Key Markets for Pirelli S.p.A. He is living and working in Milan, Italy.  12/16
    1987 After graduation, Kim Marty Stallons received a Master's degree from Nicholls State University in 1998 and an Education Doctorate at St. Louis University. She is a mother of a 14 year old daughter and works as an elementary school principal in St. Louis, Missouri. Kim can be reached at  10/16
    1989 Deanne Snedeker Medina recently accepted a position as the Supervising Attorney for CALA (Community Activism Law Alliance) in Chicago, Illinois. CALA unites lawyers and activists to help underserved communities access justice and pursue social change. As Supervising Attorney, Deanne oversees all of the staff attorneys and manages litigation and advocacy issues. She can be reached at  10/16
    1988 Benjamin E. Davis has been named the General Manager and Senior Director of Newspaper Operations for the Anderson Independent Mail (part of the USA Today Network) located in Anderson, South Carolina. The Independent Mail is a daily newspaper serving Anderson County, South Carolina and parts of northwestern Georgia. He can be reached at  5/17
    1989 Cathi Gallup Sapp, Carla Stalder Wiltshire, Leilani Joven Pelletier, and Jodie Hough MillerClassmates Cathi Gallup Sapp, Carla Stalder Wiltshire, Leilani Joven Pelletier, and Jodie Hough Miller celebrated their 50th birthdays on a western Caribbean cruise.  8/17
UPDART DEATHS 1981 Peggy Jo Hill, February 27, 2017, Zanesville, Ohio.  3/17
    1987 Bret E. Schaffner, February 26, 2017, Cary, North Carolina.  3/17

Lisa Remmert Forgrave
, February 23, 2017, Somerset, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her father, Larry Remmert '63. Lisa is survived by her husband, Jeff Forgrave '03G, her children, Cort A. Forgrave '14 and Ali A. Forgrave '14, and her cousin, Troy Dupler ’00.  3/17
updart UPDATES 1993 Julia Barber '92 and Jeffrey Wilner were engaged on February 15, 2017. They are planning a July 2017 wedding.  2/17

Eric LooneyEric Looney
attained his real estate sales associate license in October of 2015. Currently, he is an agent with RE/MAX Allegiance in Delaware, Ohio. Eric can be reached at 2/17

David TinkerDavid Tinker
, CFRE, was recently named to the inaugural class of the International Distinguished Fellows Program of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). This program spotlights individuals who have made significant leadership contributions to the philanthropic and fundraising professions. He is one of six fellows from across the globe.

David is Vice President of Advancement at ACHIEVA and is an adjunct professor of informatics at Muskingum University’s Master of Information Strategy, Systems and Technology program. He has worked in fundraising since 1990 and has raised millions of dollars in donations for human service, health and educational nonprofits in Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania.  12/16
UPDART BIRTHS 1999 A baby girl, Genevieve Katherine, was born to Katie Wirt and her husband Andrew on November 4. She joins big sister Vivian.  11/16
UPDART DEATHS 1990 Curtis R. Wells, July 29, 2017, Big Prairie, Ohio.  8/17

Madaline Buffington Pepper
, April 17, 2017, Emmaus, Pennsylvania.  4/17
    1995 Douglas M. Larkin, June 12, 2017, Burke, Virginia.  6/17

Robert C. Weikel
, March 8, 2017, Grosse Pointe, Michigan.  3/17
UPDART UPDATES 2006 Justin Kume and FamilyIn July, Justin Kume accepted the Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance position with The Ohio State University Athletics Department. In this role, he is a member of the Compliance Office’s Senior Leadership Team and serves as the primary compliance contact for the Football program.  8/17

Molly Sout
recently relocated to Grand Rapids, Michigan and is working for the Spectrum Health Foundation as a Grant Writer.  11/16
    2009 Julie Travaglini is now the Education Program Director for Allegheny Land Trust in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. She can be reached at  11/16
    2010 Maxine Katz is currently working as a sales supervisor for Macy's in Bethesda, Maryland. She is also working on her Master's Degree in Management with a specialization in Human Resources at University of Maryland University College.  8/17
    2011 Shea GrovesIn summer 2016, Shea Groves studied Borneo’s primate denizens, including the orangutan, and developed new ways to engage communities worldwide in primate conservation in Borneo. Shea, a corporate recruiter at Advanced Testing Laboratory and informal educator at the Cincinnati Zoo lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and took the graduate course in pursuit of her master's degree from Miami University's Global Field Program.  1/17
UPDART MARRIAGES 2006 Allison Avolio WeddingAllison Avolio married Seth Binder on November 5, 2016 in Pittsburgh, PA surrounded by family and friends. Shannon Poole '06 and former MU Student Life employee Gina Tamburro were members of the wedding party. Other Muskies present included Professor of History Dr. Laura Hilton, former Student Life employee Kerry Guerard, and current Dean of Students Susan Waryck.

The couple currently lives in Baltimore, MD where Allison serves as the Director of Residential Life at Johns Hopkins University and Seth is a Program Manager and Research Associate at the Center for International Policy in Washington, D.C. She can be reached at 3/17
    2009 Lindsey Cox Green was married to Daniel Green on August 26, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. The couples lives in Denver, Colorado where Lindsey is a teacher for the Denver City Schools. Prior to that, Lindsey taught English in Abu Dhabi for three years. Lindsey is the daughter of Steve Cox '80 and Dixie Blackstone Cox '80.  12/16
    2010 Thomas Hammond and Taryn Pinnick Hammond were married June 4, 2016. Thomas can be reached at  1/17
    2011 Keri Hand married Joshua McCrabb on April 22, 2017. She can be reached at  4/17
    2012 McKensie Smith Shiplett and MuskiesMcKensie Smith Shiplett married Jim Shiplett on June 18, 2016. In attendance were Michelle Cochran '12, Kaci Huffman '13 and Lauren Tullis '13. McKensie currently is a teacher at Fairless Elementary teaching second grade and resides in Canal Fulton, Ohio. She can be reached at  10/16
    2013 Heath and Morgan HolmanMorgan Murray Holman was married June 18, 2016 to Heath Holman and are now expecting a little girl and future Muskie (Ava) on May 8th, 2017. She can be reached at  12/16
    2014 Clara Christmas married Nicholas Lambes '16 on May 21, 2016. In the wedding party were groomsmen Robert Blake Nessleroad '16, Spencer Hughes '15,
Andrew Emrick '14, and Jonathan Malcolm '15. Bridesmaids included Clara Roberts '13, Krysten O'Connell '14, Glorianna Christmas '14, Chunyuan Wang '16, and Megan Naglich '16.  4/17
TRIANGLE BIRTHS 2006 Andrew and Michael HottAndrew William HottKimberly and Matthew Hott '08 welcomed their second son, Andrew William, on October 18, 2016. Their three year old Michael loves being a big brother!  2/17

Sophia Grace DixonIsaac Dixon
and his wife Ellie welcomed their second child, Sophia Grace, on January 25, 2017.  1/17

Twin girls Annalise and Raeya were born to Vincent Bettinazzi.  11/16
    2007 Ella Louise Triskett was born on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 10:00pm to Kevin Triskett and his wife. Ella is their first child. Mom, Dad and baby girl are home, well and very happy.  2/17
    2010 Erika Clegg Rohrig and Joseph Rohrig '09 welcomed their first little boy Joseph Roen into the world on October 13, 2016.  10/16
    2015 Ethan James VanDineAlex '14 and Taylor VanDine gave birth to Ethan James VanDine on October 4, 2016.  2/17
updart DEATHS 2013 Donna McGrath, October 25, 2016, Somerset, Ohio.  10/16
Faculty & Friends
UPDART DEATHS   Barbara Livergood Patterson, September 8, 2017, Scottsdale, Arizona.  9/17

James D. Waite
, August 3, 2017, Cumberland, Ohio.  9/17

Cindy Schaefer Harp
, June 2, 2017, Zanesville, Ohio.
She is survived by her daughter, Tina Harp Lavy '92.  6/17

Joseph B. Elkins
, May 5, 2017, Sugar Land, Texas. 
Joe Burton Elkins (affectionately known as “Uncle Joe”), 88, born on March 28, 1929, in Stephenville, Texas, passed away on May 5, 2017, in Sugar Land, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tiffie and Hazlewood Elkins, his brother and sister-in-law Gene and Louise Elkins, his sister Meredith Elkins, and his nephew Tom Elkins.

He is survived by his nephews and nieces, Jimmy & Karen Elkins and their children Cody and Nick, Mark & Kelly Elkins and their children Rebekah, Luke, Jake, Colton, and Sarabeth, Laura Christopher and her children Taylor, Evan, Megan, and Julianne, John Elkins, and Joan Elkins. Also, there are numerous friends throughout the United States, from Texas to Ohio to Maine to Georgia. In fact, there are friends are all over the world, from Brazil to Thailand to England to Poland.

Uncle Joe was Professor of Philosophy at Muskingum College. Moving to New Concord, Ohio, he found his teaching home until his retirement. During this time, his impact touched the lives of many students and faculty. His wisdom, kindness, and generosity were willingly given to everyone as evidenced by the outpouring of love from all corners of the world over the years.

Read the full obituary here.  5/17

Reginald Olson
, March 23, 2017, Cincinnati, Ohio.  5/17

Charlotte Evans
, April 17, 2017, Naples, Florida.  4/17

Pam Pollock Schultz
, December 21, 2016, Columbus, Ohio.  1/17

Martha T. Hornbeck
, December 18, 2016, Whitehall Pennsylvania.
She served Muskingum as an associate professor.   1/17

Russell V. Brown
, December 28, 2016,New Concord, Ohio.
Russ served the University as Professor of Spanish for 32 years.  1/17

Brad McFadden
, November 29, 2016, Dillonvale, Ohio.  12/16

Charles W. Humes
, November 1, 2016, Scottsdale, Arizona.  11/16

Betty Miller
, October 15, 2016, New Concord, Ohio.
Betty was the Secretary to the Director of Student Affairs, a position she held for twenty-four years. Betty later worked five years as a part-time secretary in the Athletic Department. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Christina Miller '81, and is survived by her son, L. Brent Miller '83.

Read the full obituary here.  10/16

Dr. Raymond D Rataiczak
, October 14, 2016, Cumberland, Ohio.
Dr. Rataiczak was Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Science Division of Muskingum University. He led the development of four new academic programs – Engineering, Nursing, Information Systems, and the Master of Information Strategy, Systems and Technology (MISST), directed the MISST program, and chaired the Informatics Department. He also served as the University’s Chemical Hygiene Officer and as the Special Assistant to the President for Regional Technology Partnerships. He is survived by his children, Michael P. Rataiczak '97 and Heather Rataiczak Traver '94.

Read the full obituary here.  10/16