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In Memoriam: Summer 2018

Camilla Jo (Keener) Alderfer,’76, 63, Phi Mu, Dec. 28, 2017, Centralia, Kansas. Survivors include her sisters Janice (Keener) Towell, ’75, and Jennifer (Keener) Herre, ’85.

Carol J. (Carter) Anderson, former student, 89, Alpha Chi Omega, Dec. 12, 2017, Kansas City, Missouri,

Keith Anderson, ’93, 59, Nov. 26, 2017, Kansas City, Missouri.

Penny L. (Asel) Besecke, ’65, 75, Alpha Chi Omega, Jan. 8, 2018, Schaumburg, Illinois. Survivors include her sister Katharine (Asel) O’Bryhim, ’70, and brother-in-law Michael O’Bryhim, ’69.

Anita (Moore) Billingsley, ’47, 92, Dec. 17, 2017, McDowell, Virginia.

Marion Bonebrake, ’47, 92, Delta Delta Delta, March 20, 2018, Fort Pierce, Florida. Survivors include her husband, David Robert (Bob) Bonebrake, ’47.

Wendell Castle, ’55, 85, Delta Tau Delta, Jan. 20, 2018, Scottsville, New York. Survivors include his brother, Wayne Castle, ’56.

Lawrence H. Channell, ’51, 90, Oct. 24, 2017, Basehor, Kansas.

Coelet (Modacure) Cotton, ’05, 57, Nov. 24, 2017, Lawrence, Kansas.

Emmalie C. (Gessner) Cowherd, ’61, 78, Delta Delta Delta, Board of Trustees 2011-2017, Athletics Hall of Fame, Feb. 4, 2018, Carrollton, Missouri. Survivors include her sons, Benjamin Polen, ’89, andDallas Polen, ’91, and daughter-in-law Leann (Shores) Polen, ’89. Cowherd played an influential role in beginning Baker University’s softball and women’s basketball programs. She was inducted into Baker’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003 for her significant contributions to the field of education, recreational health, and sports, and in her achievements in coaching collegiate athletics at Baker. She began her teaching and coaching career at Baldwin High School. After spending time at home with her two sons, she returned to Baker University in 1976 to teach and coach full time. Her chief responsibility was to organize and coach the university’s first softball and women’s basketball programs. She coached basketball from 1976 to 1978 and softball from 1976 to 1983. At the 1981 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Softball Tournament, Baker finished ninth for Division III. The 1982 team finished third. Cowherd loved teaching and coaching, providing the educational and physical tools her students and athletes needed. She also knew that funding was essential and put in place three scholarships at Baker University that support two of her passions: softball and biology. She served on the Baker Board of Trustees.

Naomi (Cox) Dale, ’47, 93, Zeta Tau Alpha, Jan. 3, 2018, Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Fredrick E. Doebbeling, ’63, 78, Delta Tau Delta, Feb. 11, 2018, Kansas City, Missouri. Survivors include his sister Dee Ann (Doebbeling) Lenkey, ’67, and brother-in-law Terry Lenkey, ’68.

Dr. John Cammel English, faculty ’65-’97, 83, April 5, 2018, Baldwin City, Kansas. English joined the faculty at Baker University in 1965, was promoted to full professor in 1968, and served as the chairman of the Department of History and Political Science from 1965 to 1973 and from 1983 to 1993. He was responsible especially for courses on English history and the techniques of historical research. He fostered the teaching of Asian civilizations and promoted the humanities’ role in undergraduate education. He played a crucial role in the design of the Shaping of Western Thought program that integrated history, literature, religion, theater, psychology, and philosophy into a two-semester sequence using primary texts that spanned the 5th century through the 20th century. The life and times of John Wesley, the principal founder of Methodism, was the focus of English’s research, and he was the first American invited to deliver the Annual Lecture of the Wesley Historical Society of Great Britain. He was the first recipient of Baker’s Distinguished Scholarship award, and in February 2018 was inducted into the Baker University Faculty Hall of Fame.

Shirley A. Erickson, former employee, 86, Nov. 10, 2017, Osawatomie, Kansas.

Gregory Evensen, ’72, 67, Kappa Sigma, Jan. 27, 2018, Iron Mountain, Michigan.

Michael A. Gayoso Sr., ’97, 69, Oct. 26, 2017, Port Saint Lucie, Florida.

Edwin N. Gentry, ’08, 65, Nov. 29, 2017, Oskaloosa, Kansas. Survivors include his mother-in-law Pat (Hahn) Blair, ’57.

Jack E. Goold III, ’04, 46, Feb. 17, 2018, Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Shirley Ann (Lovelady) Grove, ’50, 88, Alpha Chi Omega, Dec. 6, 2017, Kansas City, Kansas. Survivors include her brother-in-law Richard Donovan, ’51.

William K. Hall, ’64, 76, Zeta Chi, March 3, 2018, Broomfield, Colorado. Survivors include his sister, Mary Jane Hall, ’57.

Gary Hammond, ’68, 75, Jan. 25, 2018, Arvada, Colorado.

Joseph J. Hellmann, III, ’68, 72, Oct. 6, 2017, Allen, Texas. Survivors include his brother Robert Jones, ’69.

James H. Hendricks, ’51, 88, Delta Tau Delta, Nov. 24, 2017, Springfield, Missouri.

Michael M. Herbst, ’02, 58, Jan. 1, 2018, Jacksonville, Florida.

Fleetta Mae (Ray) Higgins, kitchen staff 1979-2009, 89, Feb. 12, 2018, Baldwin City, Kansas.

Doris Jo Ann (Soxman) Hill, ’52, 86, Delta Delta Delta, Dec. 10, 2017, Lenexa, Kansas.

Helen E. (Newton) Hodsden, former student, 75, Jan. 16, 2018, Lancaster, Ohio.

George Hood, ’43, 96, Feb. 20, 2017, Deland, Florida.

Violet D. (Hoehns) Hoye, ’91, 83, April 5, 2018, Bella Vista, Arkansas.

Ruth E. (Wagner) Junk, ’38, 101, Oct. 8, 2017, Bloomington, Illinois.

Marti (Butell) Kalb, ’65, 75, Jan. 31, 2018, Canon City, Colorado. Survivors include her sister Joan (Butell) Hambrick, ’50.

Rosemary A. (Loftus) Klepaczyk, ’07, 66, Nov. 10, 2017, Kansas City, Kansas.

Kent Lamb, D.D.S., ’55, 84, Kappa Sigma, Dec. 24, 2017, Forsyth, Missouri.

Jean C. Lawson ’44, 94, Delta Delta Delta, March 26, 2018, Baldwin City, Kansas. Survivors include brother-in-law Tom Snow, ’55, and his wife, Barbara (Cochran) Snow, ’59.

Doris C. (Hart) Lewis, former student, 88, Jan. 19, 2018, Graham, Missouri.

Mary (Feuchtinger) Linss, ’44, 93, Delta Delta Delta, May 24, 2017, Alpharetta, Georgia.

Hugh R. Lockman ’53, 86, Zeta Chi, March 31, 2018, Kansas City, Missouri.

Kevin Mahogany, ’81, 59, Dec. 17, 2017, Kansas City, Missouri. (See story.)

Richard P. Mallett, ’68, 73, Feb. 10, 2018, Farmington, Maine.

Kathleen Martin, ’96, 59, Sept. 26, 2017, Kansas City, Missouri.

Margaret “Peggy” (Usher) Mayfield, ’37, 97, Zeta Tau Alpha, Oct. 16, 2013, Fort Worth, Texas.

Thomas (Larry) McDonough, ’56, 85, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Dec. 23, 2017, Burton, Michigan.

Frank E. (Butch) McGinley, ’60, 80, Kappa Sigma, Feb. 10, 2018, Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Survivors include his wife Barbara (Braun) McGinley, ’60; daughter Mindy (McGinley) Brooks, ’83, and her husband, Kim Brooks, ’83; son Michael McGinley, ’86, and his wife, Kristy (Iseman) McGinley, ’83; and niece Terry (Blackman) Snodgrass, ’12.

Virginia H. (Brooks) Moore, ’47, 92, Feb. 22, 2018, Phi Mu, Baldwin City, Kansas. Survivors include her nephews Brooks Payne, ’78, and James Payne, ’90.

Marjory E. (Nelson) Mordy, ’47, 91, Delta Delta Delta, March 10, 2018, Overland Park, Kansas.

Julia (Judy) K. Morrison, ’70, 69, Nov. 1, 2017, Baldwin City, Kansas.

Marion G. Muckey, former student, 82, March 3, 2018, Lawrence, Kansas.

Penelope A. O’Brien, former student, 71, March 10, 2018, Shawnee, Kansas.

Donald E. Parker ’55, 84, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Baker Board of Trustees, April 20, 2018, Lawrence, Kansas. Survivors include his daughter Donna (Parker) Carlson, ’85. Parker served on the Baker University Board of Trustees for 20 years, holding many committee chairs and offices, including Chairman of the Board. While a student at Baker, he was a member of the Letterman Club and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and business in 1955. After graduation, Parker volunteered for the Officer Candidate School (OCS) program of the United States Marine Corps and was awarded commission of Second Lieutenant. He was discharged from active duty in the fall of 1958 as First Lieutenant and served in the reserves for the remainder of his military commitment. In 1959 he joined the Employers Reinsurance Corporation, progressing within the company both in the Kansas City and San Francisco offices. After 35 years, he retired in Kansas City as president of First Excess and Reinsurance Corporation, a subsidiary of Employers Reinsurance. Parker was a member of several United Methodist churches, serving for eight years on the Board of the United Methodist Church for Higher Education in Nashville, Tennessee. Parker established the Paula M. (Dick) Parker Endowed Memorial Scholarship, to honor his first wife, who graduated in 1955 and passed away in 2007. He also established the Charlotte Parker Endowed Honor Scholarship in Nursing to honor is second wife.

Louis D. Parkin, ’60, 79, Zeta Chi, March 8, 2018, Overland Park, Kansas. Survivors include his wife, Deane (Collins) Parkin, ’59.

Edward Alan Pickarts, ’49, 90, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Nov. 13, 2017, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Sharon Redwine, ’66, 73, Jan. 31, 2018, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Jean (Stith) Richardson, ’52, 87, Phi Mu, Nov. 15, 2016, Austin, Texas.

Charyl E. Rubin, ’95, 68, Feb. 7, 2018, Overland Park, Kansas.

Noel W. Salisbury, ’53, 85, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Nov. 30, 2017, New Albany, Indiana.

Gabriel G. Sayeg, ’70, 69, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Nov. 12, 2017, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Melvin Schwartz, ’48, 93, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Dec. 19, 2017, El Centro, California. Survivors include his sister Betty (Schwartz) Hubbell, ’53.

Richard L. Sherwood, ’86, 82, Nov. 17, 2017, Kansas City, Missouri.

George E. Shore ’54, 88, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Baker Board of Trustees member, April 12, 2018, Overland Park, Kansas. Survivors include his daughter Sandy (Shore) Durick, ’98, grandson Stephen Durick, ’07, and granddaughter Katherine Durick, ’16. Shore served on the Baker Board of Trustees for many years and was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. While a student he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and was named to the Dean’s Honor Roll. A dedicated athlete, Shore was an All-Conference guard in football, was a four-time letterman, and served as co-captain of the team. He also was active in intramurals and was named Co-Homecoming King. After graduation he became a pioneer in the health and fitness industry, opening numerous fitness clubs in the region and the southeast, and remained involved in the health club industry for the duration of his career. In the late 1990s, he designed and funded a new weight training facility at Baker, and the George Shore Weight Room, located in Mabee Hall, is named in his honor.

Helen M. (Graves) Silvia, ’56, 82, Oct. 17, 2017, Chicago, Illinois.

Janet (Florance) Simpson, ’69, 70, Oct. 14, 2017, Walters, Oklahoma.

Dr. Richard Simpson ’67, 72, Kappa Sigma, November 21, 2017, Leawood, Kansas. Survivors include his wife, Janice (De Palma) Simpson, ’70.

Mary M. Stoskopf, ’46, 93, Delta Delta Delta, Nov. 4, 2017, Overland Park, Kansas.

Ronald P. Wentz, ’61, 81, Kappa Sigma, April 8, 2018, Denver, Colorado.

Robert B. Werner, ’61, 82, Oct. 22, 2017, Overland Park, Kansas.

Daryl Wilcox, ’61, 87, Jan. 10, 2018, Wayne, Nebraska.

Gwenolyn S. (Burnham) Williamson, ’98, 66, Jan. 24, 2018, Burlington, Kansas. Survivors include her husband, Daniel Williamson, ’98.

Marilyn S. (Hogue) Winget, ’87, 69, Feb. 18, 2018, Larned, Kansas.

Robert “Bob” Youmans, former student, 87, Feb. 17, 2018, Encinitas, California.

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