Class NotesSpring 2013

Spring 2013 Class Notes: 1950–1987


Charles Bassett ’50 died on November 17, 2012, in  Ellsworth, Maine. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict as a cryptographer based in Seoul. He taught English and social studies to 6th graders in the Port Jefferson School District on Long Island, N.Y., for 35 years, retiring in 1989. After moving to Maine in 2007 he became an active and devoted member of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Ellsworth and the Morgan Bay Book Discussion Group. He had a lifelong love of English literature, especially the plays of Shakespeare and the works of the lyric poets. He was inspired by Words-worth’s poem “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” to undertake in retirement a huge daffodil-planting project on the hillside behind the school where he had taught. Over the course of eight years he purchased and planted 13,500 daffodil bulbs there, leaving behind an amazing legacy of beauty for the Port Jefferson community to enjoy in years to come. He began another such project after moving to Ellsworth, planting approximately 2,000 bulbs in the garden outside the sanctuary of the Unitarian Church. Survivors include his wife, Annette; daughters, Jeanne and Mary Ellen; three grandchildren; brother, Robert; two nieces; and one nephew. Also surviving is his dear friend Seok Sagong of Middletown, Conn., whom he met in Korea and whose college education in the U.S. he subsequently helped to support. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Charles E. Bassett Endowed Scholarship, University of Indianapolis, 1400 East Hanna Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46227.

Charlene Mills Hudson ’52 died January 19. She was a teacher at Indianapolis Public Schools. Survivors include her daughter, Deidre, and granddaughter, Lillian. She was preceded in death by her brother, Lemuel Mills, Sr. ’55. She lived in Indianapolis.

Laura “Effie” Buchanan Brown ’54 passed away November 28, 2012. Survivors include her husband, Keith Brown ’51; son, Derek Brown ’79; daughter-in-law, Debbie Scott Brown ’81; niece, Dorothy Alexander Wade ’81 ’84; brother-in-law, Paul Alexander ’49; sisters-in-law, Lucille Brown Alexander ’49 and Margaret Brown Morrison ’46. She lived in Greenwood, Ind.

James H. Burns ’54 died January 13. He served in the U.S. Army and worked for Eli Lilly and Co. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; children, Lynette, Denise, Becky, and David; four grandchildren; one great grandson; and brother, Howard. He lived in Indianapolis.

Raymond Lee ’54 died December 6, 2012. He served in the U.S. Army and was a gynecologic surgeon at the Mayo Clinic. He is survived by his wife, Betty Bilby Lee ’54; sister-in-law Eloise Bilby Jones ’52; daughters, Robin and Cindy; son, Randy; and nine grandchildren. He lived in Rochester, Minn.

Sue Dyer Eldridge ’56 died November 19, 2012. She is survived by her husband, Robert; daughters, Brenda, Karen, and Diane Matilla ’81; sister, Janet; two granddaughters; and one great-grandson. She lived in Lone Tree, Iowa.

Daniel Waterfill ’56 passed away October 22, 2012. He was a retired superintendent for Greater Clark County Schools. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; sons, Mark and Daniel; sister, Linda; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, David, and brother, Allen. He lived in Charlestown, Ind.

Sheldon Garriott ’57 died November 28, 2012. Survivors include his wife, Noreen Quarles Garriott ’59; daughter, Susan; son, Mark; three grandsons; and two granddaughters. He lived in Franklin, Ind.


Marshall Gregory ’62 passed away December 30, 2012. Gregory taught English at UIndy before going to teach at Butler University. He also served as national Director of the Lilly Endowment’s Post-Doctoral Teaching Award Program, the president of the association of General and Liberal Studies, and an executive editor of numerous journals. A master scholar/teacher, Gregory was a keynote speaker and seminar leader at colleges and universities across the country. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Valiska Gregory ’62, daughters, Melissa and Holly, and three grandchildren. He lived in Indianapolis.

Claudia Hughes Hoone ’68 passed away on January 5. She was a teacher at Indianapolis Public School #58. She is survived by her husband, Joseph; children, Marcus and Susanna; mother, Gladys; brother, Chester; and many grandchildren. She lived in Indianapolis.

Cathy Marshall Elliot ’64 died November 13, 2012. She is survived by her brother, Lance; son, Ty; daughter, Laura; and five grandchildren. She lived in Columbus, Ind.

Nancy Turner Harper ’66 is a counselor and teacher for Life Skills in Muncie, Ind. She lives in Muncie.


Rance Poehler ’72 died January 6. He is survived by his wife, Mary. He lived in Morgantown, Ind.

Andy Jackson ’74 has been named vice president of finance and chief financial officer/controller for the city’s IndyGo public transit system.

Claire Cundiff Lewis ’74 passed away December 9, 2012. She worked in the hotel industry and as a fingerprint classifier for the Indiana State Police.  She is survived by her husband, Paul Jr. and sons Paul III and Thomas. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Amanda. She lived in Indianapolis.

Lewis Watkins ’74 died January 13. He is survived by his brother, Steve; his daughter, Kimberly; companion, Carol; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Bryan, and his wife, Claire. He lived in Crossville, Tenn.

John Schattner ’75 passed away November 18, 2012. He was a math teacher, wrestling coach, and athletic director at Guion Creek Middle School in Indianapolis. He lived in Indianapolis.
Patricia Williamson Goodman ’76 died October 18, 2012. She was a retired elementary school teacher at Franklin Township Schools in Indianapolis. She is survived by her daughter, Julie, and son-in-law, William. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl, and sons, Steve, Jerry, and Larry. She lived in Beech Grove, Ind.

Lillie Gray Hellmer ’76 died November 29, 2012. She was a cost analyst for Indiana Bell and a trainer and cost analyst at AT&T in Indianapolis. She is survived by her mother, Penola; husband, Michael; sister, Bennie; sisters-in-law, Joellen and Mary; and many nieces and nephews. She lived in Indianapolis.

Patricia Polis McCrory ’76 is vice president of the Kiwanis Foundation board of directors in Indianapolis. She lives in Indianapolis.

Warren Evans ’77 died November 29, 2012. He was a dispatcher/outbound supervisor for Alvan Freight, Inc. in Indianapolis. He lived in Indianapolis.


Anne Smith Okey ’85 passed away October 7, 2012. She is survived by her daughters, Theresa and Maggie; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Joseph, and son, George Michael. She lived in Beech Grove, Ind.

Julianne Klapkowski ’87 passed away in December 2012. She was a buyer/planner at Roche Diagnostics in Indianapolis. She lived in Indianapolis.

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