Class NotesSpring 2012

Spring 2012 Classnotes: 1962–1989


H. Inez Dye Heath ’62 died November 22. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul, and brother, Darrell. She was a teacher at Southport Elementary and Burkhart Elementary schools. Survivors include his sons, David and Steve, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. She lived in Greenwood, Ind.

Edward Lindley ’62 died October 10. He had been named Father of the Year in LaPorte, Ind. He was a Stephens Minister at the United Methodist Church of Dixon. He was the recipient of the Yolo Hospice Volunteer of the Year Award and was named the Dixon Outstanding Senior of the Year in 2010. He carried the Olympic torch in 1996. Survivors include his wife, Joann; children, Jeffrey, Marc, Bobbie, Lisa, and Savannah; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Allen Lindley ’71 ’83; and 27 foster children. He lived in Dixon, Calif.

David Mattingly ’62 died December 30. Survivors include his wife, Patty; daughter, Julie; sons, David and John; grandchildren, Alex and Kayla; sister, Barbara; and brother, Harold. He lived in Indianapolis.

John Tandyk ’64 died December 11. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War. Survivors include his wife, Eileen; daughters, Carol, Mary and Janice; grandchildren, Jeremy, Hailey, and Taylor; and sister, Mary Anne. He lived in Indianapolis.

Philip Cramer ’67 passed away November 21. He is survived by his wife, Karen Bertels Cramer ’68. He lived in Shelbyville, Ind.

Donna Stader ’68 passed away January 18. Well-known as an artist, Donna taught art in Indianapolis’s Franklin Township Schools for more than 30 years before retiring in 2000. Fiber art was her major medium; she also painted and made handmade artist books. She participated in local, national, and international exhibitions, and her quilts have been exhibited across the U.S. and Europe, and in Japan, Australia, and Brazil. She received a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis in 2003. Her solo exhibitions included the University of Indianapolis in 2005. She is survived by her mother, Betty Webb Stader ’88 ’00, uncle, Maurice, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She lived in Greenwood, Ind.


Shirley Barker Bohall ’70 died December 15. Survivors include her daughters, Kareen, Sharinda, and Rhodora; son, Danny; stepson, David; many grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; sister, Rebecca; and brother, Bill. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Mary and Virginia; and brothers, Bob, Wayne, Lory, and Ray. She lived in Winter Garden, Fla.

Dorothy Hooks Crenshaw ’74 died August 24. She lived in Carbondale, Ill.

Former trustee Linda Dillman ’76 has been named chief information officer for multimedia retailer QVC Inc. She has been serving as senior vice president for global information technology at HP. Prior to that, she was executive VP and CIO for Wal-Mart.

David Dresslar ’76 died September 3. Survivors include his wife, Cheryl; children, Jennifer, Frank, and Rebecca; brother, Randy; sister, Kathy;
and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Terry. He lived in Indianapolis.

Alumnus and trustee Jerry Throgmartin ’78 passed away unexpectedly in January. Throgmartin was executive chair and former CEO of electronics retailer H. H. Gregg and is generally credited with expanding the company into the multi-state enterprise it is today. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UIndy in 1978 and joined the Board of Trustees in 1995. In 2010, the University awarded him an honorary degree for his service to UIndy and to the broader community.
“The UIndy community is deeply saddened by the passing of a good friend, Jerry Throgmartin,” President Beverley Pitts said. “He was a loyal alumnus and a leader on our board, and we will always be grateful for his wisdom and generous support over the years. Our thoughts are with his family.” A Franklin Central High School graduate, Throgmartin played varsity football while at UIndy, then known as Indiana Central University. He later obtained an MBA from Indiana University. As he rose to the helm of the business his family founded, Throgmartin became known for his civic and philanthropic work, which benefited the University and many other organizations. He recently provided a gift to support the construction of H. H. Gregg Athletics Hall in UIndy’s new Athletics & Recreation Center. He also has been included recently in a University advertising campaign (Portico, Fall 2011) featuring prominent alumni. In February Jerry Throgmartin was honored posthumously with the 2012 Distinguished Entrepreneur Award by the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Sue ’74, and their son, two daughters, and two  grandchildren. He was a member of Grace Community Church in Noblesville and enjoyed hiking, golf, horses, and other outdoor activities.


Judith Miscoi Palmer ’81 died January 15. Survivors include her sister, Pamela; brother, Gordon, and sister-in-law, Barb. She lived in Indianapolis.

Lillian Mahan ’83 passed away October 13. Survivors include her daughters, Diana, Susan, and Eileen; brother, Michael; and grandchildren, Samantha, Megan, Lauren, Riley, Logan, and Olivia. She lived in Greenwood, Ind.

John “Jack” Price ’83 died December 23. He was recognized on several occasions as an Outstanding Instructor at Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis during his time on the faculty. Jack also was an instructor in UIndy’s School for Adult Learning. Survivors include his wife, Bernadette; mother, Barbara; siblings, William, Julia, Tammy, Beth, Genni, and Alan; and several nieces and nephews. He lived in Indianapolis.

Mary Ann Peerbolt Johnson ’86 passed away on May 12. She lived in North Fort Myers, Fla.

Kenneth File ’89 has been appointed vice president of advancement for Goodwill Industries Foundation of Central Indiana, Inc. His 30 years of experience in nonprofit management includes 15 as chief development officer with Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation. He lives in Fishers.

Kent Mahnesmith ’89 passed away October 30. He is survived by his wife, Christine Marie Graft Mahnesmith ’89 ’90, and daughter, Sarah. Kent was a partner in the Law Office of Dumas, Weist, Mahnesmith and Wright in Rensselaer, Ind. He lived in Rensselaer.

Dan Neufelder ’89, president and CEO of Wisconsin-based Affinity Health System, has been named chair-elect of the Wisconsin Health Association for 2012. He will serve as chair in 2013. He joined Affinity in 2006, having served in executive roles at Memorial Hospital in South Bend and Community Health Network of Indianapolis.

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