Class NotesWinter/Spring 2021

Winter/Spring 2021: In Memoriam

The University of Indianapolis mourns the loss of these former Board of Trustees and UIndy faculty and staff members and is deeply grateful for their service to the University’s mission over the years.

Dr. Cary Hanni (1947-2020)

Dr. Cary Hanni ’69 served on the University Board of Trustees from 1993 to 2006. Dr. Hanni was honored several times over the years including being named the UIndy Science and Mathematics Alumnus of the Year in 1996, the UIndy Gene and Joanne Sease Alumni Award Winner in 2008, and the Greyhound Club Athletic Alumnus of the Year. Dr. Hanni also served as Assistant Director of Admissions at Indiana Central from 1970 to 1974.

After graduating from Indiana Central College with a degree in mathematics, Dr. Hanni became a middle school teacher before ultimately deciding to return to school to become a physician. After completing his education, Dr. Hanni served communities in Grand Rapids, MI, Evansville, IN as well as in Indianapolis over the course of his nearly 40-year career in medicine.

In Fall 2019, the University dedicated four pillars of Good Hall to honorees who represent the institutional core values of inquiry, innovation, leadership, and service. Dr. Hanni, along with 16 family members who are also alumni, was among those honored. One of the largest legacy families in University history, the Hannis have provided decades of service to support education and health needs in our community.

Mickey Powell (1939-2020)

Michael L. “Mickey” Powell ’61 served on the University Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2004. He was a golf letter winner (1958-61), and four-time Hoosier College All-Conference Selection (1958-61) who went on to become a UIndy Athletics Hall of Fame inductee and the 1987 UIndy Distinguished Alumnus. He served as president of the PGA of America from 1985 to 1986 and was the builder, owner, and developer of the Golf Club of Indiana. He was a member of the NAIA District 21 Golf Champions, Conference Champions, and Little State Champions in 1961 and became the first golf professional at Otter Creek Country Club (Columbus) in 1964. 
A true trailblazer and innovator in professional golf, Powell was inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame in 1986. He earned the titles of Indiana Senior State Champion in 1990; Indiana PGA Senior Champion in 1989 and 1992, and Indiana Senior Player of the Year in 1990 and 1991. Several members of his family attended the University including his daughter Michelle Parks ’83, son-in-law Patrick Parks ’83, and granddaughter Paige Wise ’08.

Stephen M. Carson (1946-2020)

Stephen M. Carson ’68 served on the University Board of Trustees from 1993 to 2000 and again from 2007 to 2012. He received a full scholarship to play football at Indiana Central College and roomed with future and fellow trustee Mike Watkins. Carson spent more than 30 years as a financial and operation officer in the telecommunications and professional services industries and went on to serve as Chief Financial Officer of AT&T. After his retirement from AT&T, he founded SMC Consulting and served on numerous Board of Directors. He was the recipient of the 2014 “I” Person of the Year presented by UIndy Athletics.

John Wimmer (1956-2020)

John R. Wimmer ’79 served as faculty at the University of Indianapolis, teaching courses in religion from 1989 to 1996. He also served as Special Assistant to the President. Wimmer most recently served as program director in religion at Lilly Endowment, Inc., and served many roles in his life as scholar, professor, pastor, author, inspirational public speaker, and mentor. A devoted Christian, Wimmer was an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church for 40 years. Wimmer also was an acclaimed authority on the shifting religious landscape in the United States, authoring three books and many articles throughout his career. Several alumni and friends created an endowed scholarship at the University of Indianapolis in his memory.

Martha Morris (1934-2020)

Martha L. Morris ’56 served on the faculty of the School of Education from 1972 to 1999, retiring from the University as an Assistant Professor Emerita of Education. While attending Indiana Central College, she met the love of her life, Peyton “Pete” Morris ’55. After graduating with magna cum laude honors, Morris worked as a teacher for the Perry Township School Corporation and later became the Children’s Education Director for the University Heights United Methodist Church. Martha had a strong love of playing and teaching others how to play the piano. In retirement, Martha convinced Pete to begin taking ballroom dance lessons and they became graceful dancers. Martha is survived by her husband and two children: Ron Morris ’86 and Beth “Wendy” Jolliff ’89.

University of Indianapolis Alumni

  • Clara H. Nierman ’43–Aug. 11, 2020
  • Vera O. Painter ’44—August 4, 2020
  • Betty J. DeBaun ’48—July 6, 2020
  • George B. Keenan ’49—July 17, 2020
  • Max N. Hoffman ’50—Apr. 21, 2020
  • Shirley A. Turley ’52—Oct. 18, 2020
  • Jesse W. “Willoughby” Steckley ’52—Nov. 4, 2020
  • Elwood L. “Woody” McBride ’52—Oct. 30, 2020
  • Joseph R. Lewis ’52—June 11, 2020
  • Ruth M. Switzer ’54—Nov. 8, 2020
  • John A. Martinez ’54—Sept. 17, 2020
  • Frank S. White ’55—Oct. 11, 2020
  • Martha L. Morris ’56—Oct. 26, 2020
  • Benton M. “Ben” Harlan, Jr. ’57—Sept. 13, 2020
  • Frederick W. Farrell ’58—Sept. 27, 2020
  • Jack A. Fischer ’58—Oct. 14, 2020
  • James E. Wilbur ’59—June 12, 2020
  • Mary E. Greenlee ’59—July 17, 2020
  • Jack Miller ’60—May 29, 2020
  • Ruth E. Altop ’60—Oct. 22, 2020
  • Michael L. “Mickey” Powell ’61—Nov. 8, 2020
  • Donald L. “Don” Poole, Sr. ’61—June 9, 2020
  • William W. Baldwin ’62—Aug. 25, 2020
  • Russell S. Graham ’63—Oct. 7, 2020
  • Sandra K. Krock ’63—July 6, 2020
  • Lorin L. Clemenz ’63—Sept. 3, 2020
  • Larry W. Gates ’65—June 24, 2020
  • Thomas M. Bowman ’65—July 30, 2020
  • Nicholas G. “Nick” Haus ’65—Aug. 27, 2020
  • Mary L. Sleeva ’65—Sept. 13, 2020
  • Philip W. Lutz ’65—Oct. 11, 2020
  • Laura L. Hutslar-Rogers ’66—Sept. 13, 2020
  • Marilyn J. “Jean” Layton ’66—June 18, 2020
  • Richard E. Cummings ’66—June 4, 2020
  • Norma C. “Claudette” Holcomb ’66 ’72—Aug. 26, 2020
  • Lois L. McCarter ’67—Nov. 8, 2020
  • Bruce Holman ’67—July 26, 2020
  • Anne E. Michel ’67—Oct. 7, 2020
  • Carolyn A. Rankin ’67—Sept. 28, 2020
  • Charles M. Roberts ’68—Aug. 16, 2020
  • Stephen M. “Steve” Carson ’68—Oct. 15, 2020
  • James W. Danhauer ’69—Nov. 19, 2020
  • Richard L. Pearce ’71 ’77—Oct. 15, 2020
  • Roger K. Henry ’71—Aug. 31, 2020
  • William J. “Bill” Byers ’72—May 3, 2020
  • Gerald A. Scheele ’72—Oct. 9, 2020
  • Jimmie R. Shoufler ’73—June 18, 2020
  • Helen R. Kanter ’74—Aug. 25, 2020
  • George A. Martin, Jr. ’74—Nov. 12, 2020
  • Luna J. “Joyce” Jones ’74 ’77—Oct. 1, 2020
  • George Stuckey, Jr. ’75—June 21, 2020
  • Linda G. Card ’75 ’88—Nov. 14, 2020
  • Gary E. Welmer ’75—June 28, 2020
  • Steven E. Wheatley ’75—Oct. 29, 2020
  • Paula J. Verderosa Cooney ’75–Apr. 8, 2020
  • Wanda L. Murphy ’76—Nov. 27, 2020
  • Warner Wiley ’76 ’79—July 12, 2020
  • Romona R. “Mickey” Heaton ’76—Aug. 7, 2020
  • Sue Ann Mendenhall ’76—Sept. 30, 2020
  • John T. Hanagan ’77—July 17, 2020
  • John A. Kasten ’77—Aug. 20, 2020
  • Deborah J. Anthony Wright ’77—Sept. 12, 2020
  • John R. Wimmer ’79—June 24, 2020
  • Mary J. Zembala ’80—July 30, 2020
  • Patricia A. “Patty” White ’82—Nov. 9, 2020
  • William A. J. Peddie, Jr. ’82—Nov. 24, 2020
  • Mary Ann Goebel ’85—Sept. 30, 2020
  • Christine H. Lykins ’88—Oct. 3, 2020
  • Judith A. “Judy” Padgett ’90—June 4, 2020
  • Thomas A. Beatley ’93—Aug. 4, 2020
  • Kevin M. Prentice ’97—June 14, 2020
  • Angela D. Wooldridge-Schutte ’03 ’04—Oct. 21, 2020
  • Jacob A. Clifford ’06—Sept. 23, 2020
  • Erin M. Wheat ’14—July 16, 2020
  • Scott W. Sutton ’15—Nov. 4, 2020