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In Memoriam: Winter 2024

Mary (Murphy) Ball, ’60, 85, December 22, 2023, Kansas City, Missouri. Survivors include daughter Janet (Jones) Goodenow, ’81.

Robert “Gordon” Barnhardt, ’58, Zeta Chi, Bucklin, Kansas. Survivors include children Brenda (Barnhardt) Pace, ’81, (Dan Pace, ’80), Rebecca Barnhardt, ’83, and John Barnhardt, ’92, and spouse Janese (Brennecke) Barnhardt, ’90.

Sanford B. Bass, ’00 MBA, 85, February 14, 2024, Topeka, Kansas.

Patricia (Hahn) Blair, ’57, Delta Delta Delta, 88, January 26, 2024, Lawrence, Kansas.

Ennis Blundon, ’70, 76, February 7, 2024, Wichita, Kansas.

Robert “Hall” Burkindine, ’72, Kappa Sigma, 73, November 30, 2023, Norfolk, Arkansas. Survivors include spouse, Barbara (Hanline) Burkindine, ’72, and brother Tim Burkindine, ’71.

Stephanie L. Davis, ’05 BSM, 43, December 7, 2023, Mission, Kansas.

Frances E. Dennison, ’71, 75, January 18, 2024, Gardner, Kansas.

Eugene “Keith” Dunn, ’58, Kappa Sigma, 86, March 9, 2024, Shawnee, Kansas.

Wayne E. Dutt, ’55, Zeta Chi, 90, February 9, 2024, Birmingham, Alabama.

Michael J. Evans, ’78, Delta Tau Delta, 68, February 15, 2024, Lenexa, Kansas.

Martha “Jane” (Lewis) Ferguson, ’52, Zeta Tau Alpha, 93, January 30, 2024, Fredonia, Kansas.

Joseph “Bill” Foley, ’64, Kappa Sigma, 81, August 22, 2022, Bonita, California. Survivors include spouse, Sue (Shemwell) Foley, ’65, and brother Jack Schreiner, ’72, and spouse Brenda (Lyons) Schreiner, ’72.

Deryl E. (Colbert) Gilford, ’96 MSM, 67, December 2, 2023, Grandview, Missouri.

Angela (Heigham) Gillis, ’88, Zeta Tau Alpha, 59, January 9, 2024, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Survivors include a brother Tre M. Heigham, ’91.

Lee E. Green, J.D., emeritus professor of business and economics, 67, February 24, 2024, Port Isabel, Texas.

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Lee Green joined the Baker faculty in 1986 as an adjunct instructor after graduating from law school and putting a career as an attorney on hold. What he intended as a one- or two-year position grew into a long teaching career. Green was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Member Award in 1992 and the Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2000. Four times students voted him the outstanding teacher on campus.

Longtime colleague, Martha Harris, remembers that Green took to teaching easily and was soon exceling in leading creative and entertaining classes while keeping them challenging and stimulating. As a 30-year member of the Department of Business and Economics, he was in contact with an especially large number of students. In addition to teaching, he counseled students who showed an interest in legal careers and wrote numerous letters of recommendation that helped Baker students on their way to law school and beyond.

Green was an advocate for student travel and taught interterm classes on the History of Baseball in Cooperstown, the D-Day Invasion in France, and the History of New York City. He led students to every presidential inauguration from 1989 through 2009 for his History of Washington, D.C. course. Green also taught at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England, twice. Many students took their first long trip from home with Professor Green. 

Lee Green in library with female student and a stack of boooks

Outside of teaching, Green made significant contributions in sports law and was considered one of the nation’s top sports law experts. Both the National Federation of State High School Associations and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association developed strong partnerships with him in the late 1980s. He was the lead author for four leadership training certification courses that provided athletic administrators across the country with professional development in the area of sports law. He was a regular presenter on various sports law topics for school districts and local, state, and national associations for high school athletic directors and coaches. He published three books and authored over 120 articles on sports law topics, and he conducted Title IX audits for small colleges and school districts across the country.

At Baker, Green was able to combine his expertise and passion for the law, his love for teaching, and the opportunities for travel and creative use of his summer breaks. “We were all fortunate that he came to Baker for a year or two and stayed for 30,” Harris said.

Deborah (Alley) Grimm, ’73, Alpha Chi Omega, 73, December 19, 2023, Liberty, Missouri. Survivors include sister, Cammie (Alley) Downing, ’69.

Travis R. Ingram, ’03 BBA, 43, March 6, 2024, Kansas City, Kansas.

Pauline (Valliere) Largent, ’46, Alpha Chi Omega, 98, November 9, 2023, Coronado, California.

Audrey (Galbreath) Lavely, ’51, Phi Mu, 91, February 27, 2024, Overland Park, Kansas.

Barbara J. (Craig) Lewis, ’61, Alpha Chi Omega, 84, February 2, 2024, Olathe, Kansas.

James C. “Chris” Long, ’81, Delta Tau Delta, 65, February 20, 2024, Wardsville, Missouri.

Margaret A. (Thompson) Lynch, ’56, Zeta Tau Alpha, 89, December 23, 2023, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Claire (Kueffer) Mataia, ’05, 41, February 24, 2024, Lawrence, Kansas. Survivors include sister-in-law Sarah (Payne) Kueffer, ’03.

Carole L. (Timms) McGlumphy, ’53, Delta Delta Delta, 91, January 17, 2024, Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania. Survivors include son Robert McGlumphy, ’84, and spouse Ann (Snyder) McGlumphy, ’86, and grandchild Allison (McGlumphy) Lang, ’14.

Druecilla (Cook) McLean, ’54, 94, February 6, 2024, Neodesha, Kansas. Survivors include nephew Mike Johnston, ’91.

Lynn R. Menagh, former student, 74, December 31, 2023, Norton, Kansas.

Craig A. Miller, ’96 BBA, 61, February 18, 2024, Peculiar, Missouri.

David M. Moen, former student, 69, February 10, 2024, Overland Park, Kansas.

William O’Byrne, ’53, Delta Tau Delta, 91, December 15, 2023, Napa, California.

Marcia Oelklaus, ’97 MSM, 67, January 18, 2024, Kansas City, Missouri. Survivors include sister Bridget Oelklaus-Gering, ’96 MSM.

Betty (Macy) Paparone, ’59, Phi Mu, 86, February 6, 2024, Canton, Ohio.

Ron C. Peck, ’68, Sigma Phi Epsilon, December 2, 2023, Austin, Texas.

Tommy Phelps, ’99 MSM, 74, March 11, 2024, Zellwood, Florida.

Patricia “Trisha” (Oldham) Riesgo, ’05 BBA, 47, February 5, 2024, Overland Park, Kansas.

Robert “Bob” M. Rohlf, ’68, Kappa Sigma, 77, March 4, 2024, Phoenix, Arizona. Survivors include brother William Rohlf, ’67.

Ernest C. Ruehle, ’60, Delta Tau Delta, 86, March 10, 2024, Oakland, Iowa. Survivors include daughter Cynthia E. Ruehle, ’81, and son Richard D. Ruehle, ’84, and spouse Becky Ruehle, ’84.

John R. Scheuch, ’98 BSM, 70, February 19, 2024, Prairie Village, Kansas.

Breena L. Stevens, ’07 BBA, December 31, 2023, 44 Tempe, Arizona.

Gloria (Handy) Sullivan, ’48, Zeta Tau Alpha, 96, December 26, 2023, Grand Island, Nebraska.

Hal D. Taliaferro, ’70, Delta Tau Delta, 74, December 27, 2022, Oskaloosa, Kansas.

Adam A. Tebben, ’10, Zeta Chi, 35, January 20, 2024, Winfield, Kansas. Survivors include an uncle Gabriel Alvarado, ’86, and aunt Lori (Logue) Alvarado, ’86.

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