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Class Notes 2015


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Louise Haag Oleynik, March 24, 2015, Michigan.
Louise, 102 years of age, leaves behind her sisters, Elsie Haag Goerke ’41  and Margaret Haag Smith ’39.  Also surviving are nieces Lynn Smith Beard ’63 and Sue Ellen Smith Barnhizer ’66.  She was predeceased by her husband, John. Four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive.  4/15

1939 Martha Ryan Kissmeier, January 25, 2015, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Erik. 2/15


updart DEATHS 1941

Dorothy McClave Ballantine, February 23, 2015, Steubenville, Ohio.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Ballantine ’40.  Surviving are two sons, Douglas Ballantine and Bradley Ballantine, both of Columbus, three grandchildren, and a brother and sister.  3/15

Harold D. Fee, January 17, 2015, Knoxville, Tennessee.
Harold was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Gettman Fee ’38.  Among those surviving are their children, Mary Ann Fee Fennell ’70 and Harold D. Fennell ’72.  1/15

    1942 Jane McMillan Ward, June 6, 2014, Lakeville, New York.
Jane was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Allen Ward.  She is survived by a son, David Ward, and two daughters, Ann Ward Mathias ’75 and Alice Ward Dillon, as well as five beloved grandchildren, two special great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and many dear friends of all ages.  Jane moved from Ohio to Lakeville after marrying Allen in 1948. She was an active member of Lakeville United Church of Christ. As her family grew up, she worked as a substitute elementary school teacher, played piano accompaniment for school choruses and gave piano lessons in her home. Jane's love of God, life and music was evident in her generous, positive spirit and the great number of people who called her "friend." Her family, especially the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, were her pride and joy. Jane especially treasured her Muskingum memories and enjoyed attending reunions and keeping in touch with classmates over the years.   This obituary provided by the family.  2/15

Marjorie Pettay Millet, February 12, 2015, Troy, Ohio.
Majorie is survived by her son and four daughters.  She was a very active member of First United Methodist Church in Troy. 2/15


Helen Gormley Tousignant, November 27, 2014, Hamilton, Montana
Helen was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Tousignant '43. 2/15


Kenneth C. Shelly, November 24, 2014, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred.  To view the obituary, click here. 12/14


Joanne Williams Pleska, February 15, 2015, Mayfield Heights, Ohio.
She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Paul Pleska.  She arranged Muskingum alumni events in the Cleveland area and is survived by her sons, Kenneth and Robert. 3/15



Robert W. Cope, January 17, 2014, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.  3/15

Helen Coleman Fordyce, February 2, 2015, Jacksonville, Texas
A long-time piano teacher, Helen was organist for the First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville for 60 years. She is survived by her husband, Robert Fordyce ’55.  2/15

James H. Wilcoxon, January 13, 2015, Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
James is survived by his wife, Hope Johnson Wilcoxon ’47, his son, James Wilcoxon, Jr. ’71, his sister-in-law, Louise Goehring Wlicoxon ’49 and his nieces, Susan Wilcoxon Hite ’70 and Sally Wilcoxon Lathrop ’76.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Willis E. Wilcoxon ’49. 1/15

David H. Copeland, October 8, 2014, Newark, Ohio.  12/14

Margaret Phelps Adams, November 15, 2014, Providence, Rhode Island.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Richard.  12/14


Lois Copeland, March 14, 2015, Toledo, Ohio.
Lois was predeceased by her parents, Lois McKirahan Copeland ’18, and Raymond Copeland ’16. Her brother, William Copeland ’46 survives as do nieces Patti Harris Spengler ’71 and Linda Copeland ’71.  She was predeceased by her brother Clarence Copeland ’43 and a sister, Ruth Copeland Harris ’42. 4/15

Lawrence W. Kukura, January 19, 2015, Brookfield, Pennsylvania. 1/15

Norma Fay Magneson, January 9, 2015, Notre Dame, Indiana.
Norma was preceded in death by her husband, Berney.  1/15

Leah Rickert Goddard, January 13, 2015, Canfield, Ohio.
Leah was preceded in death by her husband, Arden.  1/15


Marilyn Ansevin Austin has published a children’s book, Caddy’s Adventures, which tells the story of a young kitty named Caddy who, according to Marilyn, “(of course) thinks out loud and in English, so we know what she is thinking and what she says.She is very curious and has many adventures which conclude in her learning something about the world around her and reinforces the theme of acceptance - even though she is not perfect - and love and caring from her mistress and her companion pet named The Dog.”  Illustrated by Kendra Kirkpatrick and published by SBPRA, Caddy’s Adventures is available from Amazon.  2/15


Rena Glover Goss and her husband, Larry, have moved to Hudson, Ohio to be closer to their daughter and her family.  On June, 7, 2014, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an open house.  Their wedding in 1964 was held in Adena, Ohio.  Rena can be reached at 12/14



BIRTHS 1950 None
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William J. Bline, March 26, 2015, Newark, Ohio. 
Among those surviving is Bill’s wife, Maxine.  4/15

Robert M. Napier, March 23, 2015, Vero Beach, Florida.
Bob is survived by his wife, Doris Watson Napier ’51.  4/15 

Clarence “Clancy” Biegler, March 15, 2015, Columbus, Ohio
Clancy became assistant to the president at Muskingum in 1962 and later served his alma mater as alumni  development director, director of admissions and as director of development and planned giving.  He retired from Ohio State University as director of development for the College of Agriculture, and served a fundraising consultant.  Clancy was a four-year letterman in both football and track at Muskingum and in 1987, was inducted into Muskingum’s Athletic Hall of Fame.  He was a World War II veteran and also enjoyed an earlier career as a teacher and coach. At both Muskingum and Baldwin Wallace Colleges, he coached football, swimming and track. In retirement, Clancy enjoyed many hobbies and was an active member of  a number of Masonic charities. He served on the board of the Gladden Community House and persuaded COSI to  use parts of Central High School in their new facility. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Leeper Biegler ’49 and sons Chad A. Biegler ’76 and Kent D. Biegler ’79.  4/15

Duncan R. McQueen, March 10, 2015, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Rev. McQueen graduated from the General Theological Seminary and was ordained into the priesthood in 1954. He worked at St. Martin’s Church in Providence, Rhode Island, was rector of St. Mary’s Church in Warwick, Rhode Island, and served as dean of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Suva, Fiji.  He served as rector of St. Matthew’s Church in Worcester, Massachusetts before becoming rector of Trinity Parish. He retired in 1996 and was predeceased by his wife, Pat. He is survived by four children and their families. 4/15

William  (Bill) F. Ruby, February 14, 2015, Murray, Kentucky.
Bill served in the Marine Corps from 1943 – 1946 in the Marshall Islands, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima.  He was a World War II veteran. Bill then began his career with Goodyear in 1950, retiring 36 years later in 1986. He worked in middle management at the Goodyear plants in Akron, Ohio; North Chicago, Illinois;  and Norfolk, Nebraska.  While at Muskingum, Bill played center on the basketball team and led the nation in field goal percentage his senior year. He was invited to try out with the New York Knicks.  He was inducted in 1985 into the Muskingum Athletic Hall of Fame and the John Glenn High School Hall of Fame in 2010.  He is survived by his wife, Nancy Shields Ruby, son David, and daughter Diane.  3/15

Gloria Schadel Southam, September 18, 2014, Brecksville, Ohio. 
Gloria is survived by her husband, Donald.  1/15


Ivor M. Rusk, Jr., February 10, 2015, Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
Ivor earned an MBA from Rutgers University and is survived by Loretta Vandagriff Bowman. 


Dr. George R. Swan, February 7, 2015,  Columbus, Ohio
Dr. Swan practiced general surgery for 32 years in Massillon. He is survived by his wife, Shirley and three children.  His sister-in-law, Julia Swan ’54 survives and he was predeceased by this brother, Dr. Thomas D. Swan. 2/15

Suzanne Hull, December 31, 2014, East Lansing, Michigan.
Among those surviving is Suzanne’s husband, Jerome.  1/15

Donald C. Pinhey, November 13, 2014, New London, Connecticut. 
Donald’s survivors include his wife, Frances Sengleitner Pinhey ’49, and his siblings, Patricia Pinhey Garrett ’56 and David W. Pinhey ’62.  12/14


John Floyd, January 11, 2015, Chico, California. 
John was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Dunley Floyd ’51.  1/15 


Jeanette Chaney Shrimplin, January 20, 2015, Carroll, Ohio.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence.  1/15

Nancy Lannert Zook, December 19, 2014, Springfield, Ohio. 
Nancy is survived by her husband, Jack.  1/15


Mary Lou Chambers Clarke, April 30, 2014, Grapevine, Texas.  4/15

Beverly McMorris Lloyd, February 21, 2015, Newton Falls, Ohio.
Beverly was an elementary school teacher at Warren City Schools for more than 25 years and was a member of the DAR, Warren Education Association, and Cross Trailers Square Dance Club. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert L. Lloyd, Jr. ’57, whom she married in 1955. Surviving are sons Robert, Russell, and Richard. 2/15

Mary Lou McCombs McBurney, March 28, 2014, Murrysville, Pennsylvania.
She is survived by her husband, Robert McBurney ’57, and children Jamie Diana McBurney ’82 and Robert A. McBurney ’79. Also surviving is daughter-in-law Carol Forshey McBurney ’79 and grandchildren Christine McBurney Mast ’01, Robert A. McBurney ’05, and Kelly E. McBurner ’07.  2/15

William H. Wanger, December 14, 2014, Alna, Maine.
Among those surviving is Bill’s wife, Joyce.  1/15


Drs. David K. ’62 and Charlette Eve Borburka ’64 McQuilkin recently created the Dr. William L. Fisk Endowed Scholarship to provide financial opportunity for a Muskingum junior or senior history or political science major who intends to pursue graduate education. With the scholarship, the McQuilkins honor Dr. William Fisk, who significantly impacted generations of Muskingum students.

Dr. David McQuilkin recently retired from Bridgewater College in Virginia where he taught Russian History, Middle East History, East Asian History, and World History in addition to numerous courses in Politics and Political Science. He also served for many years as department chair. Dr. Charlette McQuilkin, also retired, has taught in various public schools and colleges and for the past three decades has been an administrator with the Rockingham County Public Schools in Virginia. Currently she is actively involved in promoting regional literacy development.

During his 40-year Muskingum career, Dr. Fisk was known for his inspiring teaching, distinguished scholarship in English and Scottish history, and dedicated leadership as Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs. He is the author of the definitive History of Muskingum College. 12/14


JIM BURSONJim Burson has published his second book, The Daily Nugget; Motivations for Basketball Coaches and Everyone Who Loves the Game, which is available at or Amazon.  The book is the first resource that helps coaches put a motivation and relationship system in place for their team and distills Jim’s more than 50 years of experience into a comprehensive 365-day guide.  Jim’s company, Solution-Based Basketball, provides resources and support for basketball coaches.  He is a consultant to Nike and other sports companies, a motivational speaker, past president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and a member of the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame, where he is also on the board of directors. An all-time top Division III coach, he taught and coached for over 40 years at Muskingum and is the author of The Golden Whistle ~ Going Beyond: Journey to Coaching Success.  4/15






Daniel E. Hennessey, January 4, 2015, Zanesville, Ohio.
Among those surviving are Daniel’s wife, Linda, and his brother, Patrick L. Hennessey ’72.  1/15


V. Kay Weeley Russell, January 7, 2015, Creston, Ohio.
Among those surviving is Kay’s husband, Richard.  1/15


William Don “Bill” Ferguson,  March 26, 2015, Columbus, Ohio.
Will “Bill” Ferguson is survived by his wife of 52 years, Cornelia Bridges Ferguson ’60.  Bill retired in 2012 after a 50-year high school and college mathematics teaching career. He was an accomplished musician, spending 20 years as a trumpeter with the Rick Brunetto Big Band. He is also survived by a son and daughter, and three grandchildren. 4/15

Donna Sue Mallett Randles
, January 31, 2015, Zanesville, Ohio.
Donna is survived by her children, Lisa Randles Norris ’89 and Steven G. Randles ’85, her son-in-law Tim Norris ’90, her daughter-in-law Halle Schoener Randles ’86 and her granddaughter, Claire S. Randles ’11.  2/15

    1964 Diana Kline Schein, March 25, 2015, Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania
Diana is surved by her husband of 47 years, Dr. George Schein, and siblings Jeffrey Kline, Cathy Rainaldi and Robert. She received her master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She wss an elementary teacher in Wilkinsburg and was office manager for her husband.

Judith Wegenek Paplow, October 6, 2007, Denver, Colorado.  12/14


Margaret Mitchell Alford, January 9, 2015, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
Among those surviving is Margaret’s husband, John.  1/15


Douglas A. Perrine, December 12, 2014, Spotswood, New Jersey. 
Douglas is survived by his wife, Bernice.  4/15

Kenneth D. Kearsh, February 8, 2015, Zanesville, Ohio
Kenneth Dean Kearsh was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.  After teaching on Long Island, he started a successful franchise, building and selling Shoreline Boat Trailers. He returned to Zanesville where he spent the next 45 working in finance, 26 of those as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch. He served many years on the boards of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Zanesville and the Animal Shelter. He also served as an Ohio High School Football official. He is survived by two sons. 2/15


Ruth Reed Liggett, January 23, 2015, Dennison, Ohio. 
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Willard.  2/15





BIRTHS 1970 None

Julie Raica Gartenberg, January 23, 2015, Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey.
Julie was preceded in death by her husband, Michael.  2/15


Jerald Lee Hess, February 5, 2015, Medina, Ohio.
He had retired from a career as an underwriter in commercial lines insurance, specializing in energy. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Adkins Hess ’74, and their children, Janet Hess Anderson and Jerald R. Hess, and four grandchildren. 3/15

Paul N. Gard, November 22, 2014, Canton, Ohio.
Among Paul’s survivors is his wife, Darleen.  12/14

Timothy W. McKee, December 3, 2014, Zanesville, Ohio.  12/14


Paul G. Kulp, April 11, 2015, Finleyville, Pennsylvania.
Among those surviving is Paul’s wife, Sharon.  He was preceded in death by his aunt, Betty Grace Garrison Cupoli ’39.  4/15

Katherine Knurek Martin, December 1, 2014, Macedonia, Ohio.
Among those surviving are Katherine’s husband, Kenneth, and their sons, Kenneth V. Martin ’11 and Hugh J. Martin ’07.  1/15


Keith Watkins, November 21, 2011, Toledo, Ohio
Keith is survived by his wife, Paula, and three children.  2/15


RON EDGINGTONRon Edgington has joined Mediu LLC as vice president of professional services.  In the new job, Ron will expand and productize the company’s professional services and contact center offerings by assessing the needs of the market and developing tailored services and custom applications to address those needs. Ron earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from The Ohio State University and his master of information, strategy systems and technology degree from Muskingum. He lives in Delaware, Ohio, with his wife, Renee, and their six children.  4/15


GIBSON BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONSherri Finnell Gibson ’86 andher husband, Mark Gibson '84, gathered with some fellow Muskies to celebrate Mark's 50th birthday and who were also celebrating their 50th birthdays.  The group met on August 3, 2014 in Dundee, Ohio.  Pictured are Sherri with Terri Leatherman Hall ’86 and Brenda Kinsey Metzger ’86.  1/15






Martha Smith Geib, April 5, 2015, London, Ohio. 
Among those surviving is Martha’s husband, Marshall.  4/15

updart UPDATES 1993

Heather Wile Dolen has been named partner at McLain, Hill, Rugg and Associates in Newark, Ohio.  She joined the firm in 2007 as audit manager.  As a partner, she will oversee the audit department and continue to serve clients throughout southeastern Ohio.  In addition to the accounting and business degrees she earned from Muskingum, she holds an associate degree in accounting from Zane State College. She is a certified public accountant in Ohio and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.  1/15




Elizabeth Jane was born on April 18, 2014 to the Reverend Ellie Johns-Kelley and her husband Eric E. Kelley. Ellie can be reached at  1/15




Seth McKinney received a Master of Public Administration degree from the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, in 2013.  The focus of his graduate work was on community economic development, explicitly connecting human and environmental prosperity as interdependent, mutually necessary, and synergistic.  He also earned a graduate certificate in environmental management in 2013 through the Program on the Environment, University of Washington. 3/15


ALEX LEUCHTAGAlex Leuchtag has joined the law firm of Day Ketterer Ltd. as part of its merger with the employment law firm of Andrews and Wyatt.   Alex works with self-insured and state-funded employers in the defense of workers' compensation claims in various courts throughout the state and hearings before the Industrial Commission of Ohio. He also assists employers in the defense of Violation of a Specific Safety Requirement (VSSR) claims.  Day Ketterer is a Crain's Cleveland Top 30 law firm with Ohio locations in Canton, Hudson, Toledo, Akron and Youngstown.  1/15




Katrina Baker Miller married Matthew Miller on October 11, 2014.  The couple live in Cambridge, Ohio. 3/15


HANNAH SANCHEZHannah Caroline was born on December 3, 2014 to Heather Frese Sanchez.  Hannah joined her big brother, Jonah Andrew, and was 7 pounds, 6.2 ounces and 19 3/4 inches long.  12/14




updart DEATHS 2004

Jolene C. Craig, November 21, 2014, Marietta, Ohio.  12/14

2011 Lily S. McKee, March 19, 2015, Washington, D.C.
Faculty & Friends





John S. Kuhn, February 28, 2015, Mt. Vernon, Ohio.
John was visiting assistant professor of theatre at Muskingum and served for the past 11 years as artistic director of Actors’ Theatre of Columbus.  He had taught at other universities, including Ohio State and its branch campuses.  John is survived by his wife, actress Cate Blair-Wilhelm, one daughter and two sons. 3/15

Merrill Crandell, December 4, 2014, Memphis, Tennessee.
Merrill was a member of the mathematics faculty at Muskingum and was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn.  1/15

Dr. Javad Habibi, November 23, 2014, Zanesville, Ohio.
Dr. Habibi was a professor of mathematics and chair of the Mathematics Department at Muskingum.  Among those surviving is his wife, Gity, and their children, Marjan Habibi ’89 and Mark Habibi ’93.  12/14