Class NotesSpring 2012

Spring 2012 Classnotes: 1934–1959


Alice Lundgren Davis ’34 passed away November 8. She was a retired first grade teacher in Andrew, Ind. Survivors include her husband, Floyd; son, Richard; stepsons, Mike and Stephen; stepdaughter, Sally; sisters, Mary and Jean; 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Victor Lundgren, and sisters, Kathryn and Naomi. She lived in Huntington, Ind.

Zoa Ellen Wallen ’34 died October 4. She was a registered nurse in various hospitals throughout Indiana and Florida. Survivors include her daughters, Cynthia, Elnora, and Pamela; son, Robert; sister, Ava; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Ada, Grace, and Suzie; brother, Woodrow; and previous husbands, Earle Martin, Norman Crews, and Edward Wallen. She lived in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Virginia Fennimore ’39 passed away October 18. She is survived by her daughters, Linda and Trudy; son, Gary; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her grandson, David, and her great-grandson, Andrew. She lived in Noblesville, Ind.

Lillian Brooks Rowe ’39 died November 17. She was a retired administrator for Indianapolis Public Schools. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph. Survivors include her grandson, Matthew, and many nieces and nephews. She lived in Indianapolis.


Beautona “Bea” Nicoson died January 6. An avid reader and traveler, Bea was a supportive fan of her husband and his Greyhound teams (Nicoson Hall on campus is named for him: the late Angus Nicoson ’42, longtime basketball coach at the University). She was also a devoted fan of her sons’ and grandchildren’s sporting events. She was an active volunteer and leader for the Alzheimer’s Association, Muskatatuck Parents Association, and National Association of Railway Businesswomen. She was a member of the University Heights United Methodist Church and Acton Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Terry Joe; and brother-in-law, Jefferson Nicoson ’44. Survivors include her son Dan J. Nicoson ’68; daughter-in-law, Linda K. Nicoson; grandsons Brent J. Nicoson ’94 (UIndy’s golf coach) and Scott B. Nicoson ’97; step-grandson, Jon; great-grandchildren, Ben and Mia; and step-great-granddaughter, Reily. She lived in Greenwood, Ind.

Roger Richards ’44 passed away October 26. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. Survivors include his sons, Dan Richards ’65, Jim, Gary, Jerald, and Randy; daughters, Patty, Cathy, and Susan; sister, Carol; sisters-in-law, Elnor Biggs ’45, Helen, and Janice; and 17 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Leola Biggs Richards ’43; his parents; brothers, Jerry and Delbert; brothers-in-law, Lee, Dale, and Doit Biggs ’45. He lived in Casey, Ill.

Victor Bogle ’47 passed away October 16. He developed the degree-granting Indiana University campus in Kokomo, Ind. He was chancellor emeritus of Indiana University-Kokomo, and professor of History and chief executive officer of the IU operations in Kokomo from 1959 to 1979. In 2000, Indiana Gov. Frank O’Bannon awarded Victor the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, Indiana’s highest service citation, for his dedication to higher education. Survivors include his wife, Fern; daughters, Heather and April; grandchildren, Kenneth and Anna; brother, James; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Nelson, and his sister, Doris. He lived in Atlanta, Ga.

Eulene Reed Henderson ’47 passed away October 23. Survivors include her daughter, Valanne MacGyvers; sons, Vincent, Brian, and Theodore; and granddaughters, Rebecca, Michelle, Kysen, Marissa, and Alaina. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Ben. She lived in Lafayette, La.


William Waddle ’50 died November 17. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and retired from Allison’s Detroit Diesel after 37 years. Survivors include his wife, Frances; children, William, Katherine Waddle Stark ’79, and Susan; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter and three step-great-granddaughters. He lived in Greenwood, Ind.

Weldon Kincaide ’51 passed away October 5. He was retired as owner of Kincaide Milk Distributors. Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Kincaide ’53; son, Bradley; daughter, Kelly; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He lived in Warsaw, Ind.

Howard Wentz ’51 died December 24. Survivors include his wife, Juliette Conaway Wentz ’51; children, Connie, Steve, Brian, Matt, and Hal; 16 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. He lived in Aurora, Colo.

Anthony Priola ’52 died January 6. Survivors include his sons, John, James, and Anthony; daughters, Barbara and Jan; 12 grandchildren; and 24 great-grand-children. Proceeding him in death were his daughter, Jill; brother, Joseph; and sisters, Mary, Nancy, Josi, and Fanny. He lived in Indianapolis.

Myrtle Garriott Strain ’54 died October 20. Survivors include her husband, Elbert Strain ’55; daughters, Katie and Karen; brother, Hager; and grandchildren Levi, Sara-Ruth Strain-Riggs ’09 ’10, Darby, Lauren, and Micah. She was preceded in death by her brother, George Garriot ’39, and six other brothers and sisters. She lived in Lafayette, Ind.

One of the legends of Indiana basketball, William Green ’56, died November 10. Indiana Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Green coached at the University of Indianapolis for five seasons following a record-setting stint as a high school coach, with six state titles to his credit. He won his first title with Indianapolis Washington High School (1969). He then established a dynasty in Marion, Ind., winning five more championships with the Giants (1975, 1976, 1985, 1986, 1987). According to a November 11 story at, “For a coach to win six state championships when it was single class is unheard of,” current Marion High School basketball coach Billy Shepherd told the Chronicle-Tribune. “There will never be another coach in Indiana and Marion that accomplished what he did. And when you factor in teaching and motivating players, he was one of a kind.” Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann, and brother, David G. Green ’64. He lived in Avon Park, Fla.

J. Alan Coahran ’59 died December 12. He was an Evangelical United Brethren and United Methodist minister for 42 years in several Indiana parishes. He is survived by his wife, Beverly; sons, Brian and David; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and first son, John David. He lived in Crossville, Tenn.

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