Class NotesWinter 2012

Winter 2012 Classnotes: 1934–1989


Betty Blackwood Coen Bowman ’34 passed away on February 3, 2011. Survivors include her stepson, Nick; stepdaughters, Nancy and Anita; and several step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. She was pre-ceded in death by her husbands, Dihone Coen and William Bowman, and son, J. P. Coen. She lived in Sandborn, Ind.

Mary Ann Kennedy Nieman ’38 passed away on September 25. She lived in Indianapolis.

Ray Lightbody ’42 died on September 6. He lived in Gunnison, Colo.


Virginia Rose Stevens ’42 passed away on June 20. She was a retired principal from La Porte Community Schools in La Porte, Ind. She is survived by her son, Scott; sister-in-law, Roberta; and five nephews and four nieces. She lived in La Porte.

Mary Moren Wykowski ’43 died September 18. Survivors include her sisters, Shirley Turley ’52 and Vera Hopkins ’49, and three nephews. She lived in Indianapolis.

Frances Bryant Ramsey ’44 died August 3. Survivors include her daughters, Normajo Moore and Rebecca; sister, Evelyn Snipes; brother, Delano; and three grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She lived in Indianapolis.

Doit Biggs ’45 passed away September 10. Survivors include his wife, Elnor Uncapher Biggs ’45; sons, Robert ’73 and David ’67; sister, Janice; brother-in-law, Roger Richards ’44; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and nephew Danny Richards ’65. He was preceded in death by his sister, Leola Richards ’43. He lived in Westfield, Ill.

Omar Brown ’45 passed away July 9. He lived in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Ann Cory Bretz ’48 died September 27, 2011. She is survived by her husband, Harold W. Bretz, and one brother, John Cory. A native of Indianapolis, Ann was graduated from Emmerich Manual High School and studied English and history at Indiana Central University, now the University of Indianapolis, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in 1948. Soon after, she married her high school sweetheart, Harold, and the two embarked on a lifelong journey of learning and service together. Ann later earned a master’s from Purdue University (1957) and a doctorate in religion and literature at the University of Chicago, which she completed in 1973. Dr. Cory Bretz was particularly proud of the fact that she was one of an elite company of scholars who successfully defended dissertations directed by Nathan Scott (a scholar renowned for his rigorous standards). Ann played violin and piano and also enjoyed singing. When the couple moved to Chicago, her love of music led her to a job teaching English and humanities at Vander Cook College of Music (1966–81). Ann and Harold enjoyed long careers as professors in Chicago while remaining active in professional organizations. Though Harold had not attended Indiana Central, the two remained devoted to the institution through generous gifts and service. Ann served on the Board of Trustees and was named a Distinguished Trustee. She also served on the University’s Alumni Board. In 1990, the Bretzes were honored as inaugural recipients of the Gene and Joanne Sease Award from the University of Indianapolis Alumni Association. In 2002, the University recognized Ann’s lifetime of devotion by naming its newest residence hall “Cory Bretz Hall.” Memorial contributions may be made to the University of Indianapolis or the Irvington Presbyterian Church.

Bill ’48 and Eileen Pollard Morrett ’48 celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on July 29. The couple lives in Veedersburg, Ind.

Opal Phee ’48 died March 22, 2011. Survivors include her sisters, Lorraine and Alice; brothers, E. Frank Cutler and Bill Cutler; special niece, Janet; nieces, Jackie, Alice, Susan, Cheryl, Toni, and Carol; and nephews, Harold, Larry, Mark, and Phillip. She lived in Decatur, Ill.

Robert Stevenson ’49 died September 11. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was employed by the Department of Justice as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation for more than 27 years. Following his retirement, he was the Brazil (Ind.) Chief of Police, a private investigator, a seed corn salesman, and a farmer in Clay County for 31 years. Survivors include his wife, Ada Burgess Stevenson ’49; children, Bruce, Rita, and Mark; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He lived in Muncie, Ind.


Col. Robert Boyd Barnett HD ’98 died on October 7. Preceding him in death were his wife, M. Louise Dragoo Barnett ’50; wives Margaret Barnett and Patricia Barnett; brother, Richard; and nephew, Marvin. Survivors include his daughter, Patty; son, Lowell; stepson, Jeffrey Bailey ’73; sister, Margaret; nephews, Rick, Barry, and Les; niece, Judy; and niece-in-law, Diane Barnett ’83. He held a BS in chemistry from Indiana University and became interested in a military career as a member of ROTC. He was graduated from Officer’s Candidate School; Command and General Staff College; Armed Forces Staff College; Chemical Corps School; and Army Command School and Artillery School. A vet-eran of World War II, he served in the Central and Southern European campaigns in the 90th Chemical Mortar Battalion, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was among the first to cross the Rhine River after the capture of the bridge at Remagen, and his decorations include the Legion of Merit and Vietnam Service medals. He retired with the rank of full colonel after 31 years of service. The Barnetts were longtime members of University Heights United Methodist Church, in addition to Bob’s many other memberships.

Keith Brown ’51 is president of the resident council at Greenwood Village South. He and his wife, Laura Effie Buchanan Brown ’54, have lived in a cottage at the Village for seven years. Both retired from Perry Township Schools in 1992. Effie was an English teacher and media director; Keith was a teacher and principal before serving his last 24 years as assistant superintendent. The couple lives in Greenwood, Ind.

Marion Burleson ’53 passed away September 20. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He participated in football and track at Indiana Central College. Survivors include his wife, Catherine Sommers Burleson ’52; sons, Thomas and Jay; daughter, Jan; brothers, Richard, Charles, Ted, and Roger; sisters, Juanita, Edna, Jayne, and Glenda; grandchildren, Courtney, Michael, Nicholas, and Joan; and brothers-in-law, Dave and Claude Sommers ’50. He lived in Bloomington, Ind.

Norma Jean Lamaster Perry ’59 passed away July 3. Survivors include his son, Gary; daughters, Candice and Jewel; sister, Gladys; grandchildren, Britton, Weston, Anissa, and Albert; and great-grandchildren, Curtis, Corbin, Candice, and Barrett. She lived in Arcadia, Ind.


Mary Cox Allison ’60 died September 24. She was a first grade teacher in the Indianapolis Public School System for 33 years. She is survived by a daughter, Pamela, and son-in-law, Reginald; grandson, Deran; granddaughter, Misti; great-grandsons, Tyree and Kenyarie; sisters, Martha, Patricia, Charlene, and Luella; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She lived in Indianapolis.

Alice Dooley ’62 died July 4. She taught at Holy Trinity, St. Mark’s, Bishop Chatard High School, and Indianapolis Public Schools. After retirement she tutored at Indiana Boys’ School. She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Mary and Mary Catherine; and cousins, Jim, Chuck, Charles, and Larry. She lived in Plainfield, Ind.

Esther Coddington ’63 passed away August 10. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Coddington ’43. Survivors include her daughters, Doretta Faust ’69 and Laona Emsweller ’72; son, James; and granddaughter, Dara Faust ’00. She lived in Franklin, Ind.

Helen Foster Huffman ’65 died September 10. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil, brother, Warren, and sister, Virginia. She was a second grade teacher at Southwest Elementary School and retired in 1990. Survivors include son Lance Lewis ’86, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She lived in Indianapolis.

Steve Gillaspy ’66 died on June 24, 2010. He lived in Indianapolis.

UIndy faculty emerita Michelle Stoneburner ’66 won first prize in the Rainy River District Fair in Emo, Ontario, this summer. She won 1st prize for her queen-size quilt (only the fifth she’d ever made) in the hand-quilted division, which qualified her for the Ontario regional fair. Her husband, Floyd Satterlee (who taught French at UIndy for five years), “regularly wins a slew of prizes for his pictures of scenes from the lake where we go every summer,” Michelle says.

Rebecca Winger Oyler ’68 died September 30. She worked in household finance and was self-employed in a home decorations service. Survivors include her husband, Carl; father and mother, Donald and Judy; children, April, Scott, and Jamie; eight grandchildren; brothers, Steven and Bradley; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She lived in Kokomo, Ind.


Stephen Lynn Schrink ’70 passed away July 6. He was a teacher and coach for 38 years at Brownstown Central High School and for two years at Trinity Lutheran High School. He was head varsity baseball coach for 30 years, District Coach of the Year two times, and MSC Coach of the Year four times. He was assistant football coach for 23 years and assistant basketball coach for 10 years. Survivors include his children, Ryan, Stephanie, and Rachel; five grandchildren; brother, Jeffrey; sister, Sharon; and sister-in-law, Jerrine. He lived in Seymour, Ind.

Mary Bertram ’71 died October 5. She was an administrative assistant at Intec Corp. in Morocco, Ind., and worked at the Morocco Public Library. Survivors include her brothers, William and Thomas, and sisters, Gail and Florence. She lived in Morocco, Ind.

Mary Luke Jones ’71 was inducted into the Seymour High School Wall of Fame on September 23. She was part of the eighth group of alumni inducted since the wall was started by the school in 1996. She is the director of donor development for Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, Ind., and also lives in Beech Grove.

Sharon Wright ’72 died on September 20, 2009. She lived in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Robert McCorkle ’75 ’77 passed away August 2. He owned an accounting practice in Anaheim, Calif., for 27 years. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; son, Robert; daughter, Michelle; ten grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; mother, Randy; sister, Brenda, and brother, Dave. He lived in Anaheim.


Diana Richardson-Stevenson ’86 died September 28. She had served as a Peace Corps volunteer working with her husband in Romania. Survivors include her husband, Larry, children, Kimberly, Garry, and Darren, and six grandchildren. She lived in Indianapolis.

Shelley Butler ’87 passed away October 9. Survivors include her husband, Jerry; children, Derek and Sarah; parents, Donna (Hinton) Engleman and Jack D. Sievers; father, Alexander Moore; sister, Pamela; brothers, Mark and Paul; and step-brothers, Scott and Steven. She lived in Greenwood, Ind.

Kevin Guy ’89 is a managing partner and owner of the Powers Company in Gainesville, Ga. He lives in Madison, Wis.

Bob Marchesani ’89 serves on the board of trustees at St. Richard’s Episcopal School in Indianapolis. He lives in Indianapolis.

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