Class NotesFall 2014

Fall 2014 Class Notes: 1970s–1960s


J. Donald Cossairt ’70 presented a graduate course, “Radiation Physics for Personnel and Environmental Protection,” at the United States Particle Accelerator School at the University of Tennessee in January. USPAS is a consortium of national laboratories and universities that offers two sessions each year at a major research university. He developed this course in 1993 and has presented it at a record 12 USPAS sessions. He is the Radiation Protection Manager at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, Ill., home to the nation’s largest particle accelerator. A member of the American Physical Society and Health Physics Society, he is a distinguished emeritus member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measure-ments, and chairs a committee of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, a new accelerator under construction at Michigan State University. He lives in Aurora, Ill.

E. Ralph Foster ’71 died April 28. He served in the U.S. Navy as a pharmacist’s mate. He was a grinder in tool rooms at Ideal Engineering and Allison. He is survived by his children, Michael and Brenda, four grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gayle. He lived in Indianapolis.

Linda Marie Bond ’72 died January 31, 2013.  She was a registered nurse for 34 years. She is survived by her sons, Michael and Kevin; sister, Carol Beaver; brother, Richard Balsamel; one grandchild; and nieces and nephews. She lived in Basking Ridge, N.J.

Alfred S. “Jake” Lasley, Sr. ’73 died June 18. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years and then worked for RCA, retiring after 20 years. Alfred is survived by his wife, daughter, son, two grandchildren, and two brothers. He lived in Indianapolis.

Rita F. Robbins ’73 died June 24. Survivors include her partner, Barbara Camden ’74;  sister, Janice Spilker; brothers, Danny Butler and Gene Robbins; nine nieces and nephews; and lifelong friend, Melanie Wells. She was a school-teacher with the Center Grove Community School Corporation. She taught accounting and computer programing, retiring in the early 2000s. She was the coach for the 1986 girls’ state softball championship team. She lived in Franklin, Ind.

The Indiana Principal Leadership Institute has named Bruce Miller ’74 as one of 13 mentors in the second Indiana Principal Leadership Institute class. He has been the principal at Brandywine Elementary School in New Palestine for 34 years. He lives in Shelbyville, Ind.

Richard Wyand ’74 passed away May 4. He is survived by his wife, Lyn Wyand ’70 ’75. He lived in Greenwood, Ind.

Deborah (Van Peeren) Bucholz ’75 ’82 ’99 is employed by Community Health Network as a school nurse in Indianapolis. She lives in Indianapolis.

Earl Cox ’75 passed away May 31, 2013. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and served as a second class aviation machinist mate at the Orote Naval Air Base. He also was one of the team writers for the Apollo I flight manual. Survivors include his wife, Merry; children, Paul, Joe, Don, Tim, and Phyllis; fourteen grandchildren; and twelve great- grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fanny and Melvin Cox; siblings Ed, Myrtle, Martha, Jesse, Mable, Cledith, and Thelma; and first wife Margie Stewart. He lived in Kenosha, Wis.

Dennis Moran ’75 passed away April 9. He was a sales representative for Beck’s Welding Supply. He lived in Richmond, Ind.

Anna L. Hansford ’76 died June 29. She was an art teacher in Indianapolis Public Schools for 17 years and at Southport Elementary for 22 years, changing the lives of many children. Anna is survived by her husband, Bill; children, Loren Hansford and Amy Seach; and grandchildren, Kyle Hansford and Josie Seach. She lived in Indianapolis.

Patricia Polis McCrory ’76 is partner with Katz & Korin, PC in Indianapolis and serves on the UIndy Board of Trustees. She lives in Indianapolis.

Marita McLaughlin ’76 passed away May 10. She was a retired nurse. She is survived by her husband, Dal; eight children; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She lived in McDaniels, Ky.

Linda Anderson Watkins ’76 is a retired first grade teacher from Monroe County Middle School in Bloomington, Ind. She and her husband, Ron, enjoy traveling and spending time with their grandchildren. Linda lives in Bloomington, Ind.

Randy Fearnow ’77 joined Quarles & Brady, LLP of Chicago as partner and joins the firm’s health law practice group. He is Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated and a Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. He lives in Chicago.

Bethany L. Nelson ’77 died January 3. Survivors include her parents, William and Mary Bradt Hyslop; husband, Brad; children, Nathan, Jared, Evan, Avery; and brother, Dr. W. Brian Hyslop. She lived in Indianapolis.

John S. Bennett II ’78 ’81 died November 4, 2013. He is survived by his life partner, Dona Harshman; ex-wife, Jane Bennett; children, John Bennett III, Carl Bennett, Cherie Divish, and Michael Bennett; and six grandchildren. He lived in Indianapolis.

Donald Snyder ’78 is an elementary school vocal and general music specialist at Prince George’s School District in Maryland. He lives in Silver Spring, Md.

Vicky Swank ’78 ’80 ’99 has joined the UIndy Alumni Board of Directors. She is a nurse practitioner in the Health and Counseling center at UIndy. She lives in Indianapolis.

Jim Kemp ’79, professional ceramic artist, died November 30, 2013. His career as a potter included 30 years of national and regional juried art fairs. He leaves behind his wife, Joni Metcalf-Kemp ’78,
and two sons. He lived in Greenwood, Ind.


Brigadier General William “Bill” Gommel passed away on May 13. Gommel was a UIndy faculty member from 1965 until retiring in 1992. His daughter Ruth A. Williams ’77 and grandson Robert W. Fuller ’06 are UIndy alumni, and his daughters Angeline O’Malley and Virginia Ann Harris also attended classes at UIndy. Gommel joined UIndy in 1965 after retiring from the United States Air Force. He served as chair of the Earth and Space Sciences and Director of the Noblitt Observatory and taught higher mathematics, astronomy, and a popular earth sciences field studies course. After retiring from the University in 1992, he was designated as professor emeritus. He also established the Dr. William R. Gommel Endowed Scholarship, the Dewey E. Gommel Excellence in Math Award, and the William R. Gommel Atmospheric Science Award.

Emma M. Behrman ’61, wife of the late Victor Behrman, died June 12.  She was a registered nurse at Bartholomew County and Columbus Regional Hospital, retiring after 34 years of service. Survivors include son Roger L. Behrman ’89; brother Rev. Phillip W. Lutz ’65; and sister-in-law Malinda F. Lutz ’64.

Richard A. Hollingsworth ’62 died January 1. Richard served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; daughters, Sheri and Renee; and grandsons, Eric and Clayton. He lived in Noblesville, Ind.

Clyde Foster Jr. ’64 died February 23. He was a retired chair of the art department at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis. He is survived by his wife, Velma, and children, Mark and Kelly Foster-Searles. He lived in Indianapolis.

Alice Sue Green ’66 was invited to address the guests at the UIndy donor scholar lunch on March 1. She lives in Lafayette, Ind.

Gail Warrener ’68 died April 19. She was the owner and operator of Rome City Preschool. She lived in Kendallville, Ind.

Robert C. Elmore ’69 passed away May 26. He was a professor of accounting at Tennessee Technological University. Survivors include his wife, Anne; sons, Courtenay Moon, Clinton, and Matthew Elmore; sister, Linda Elmore ’75; brother, Richard Elmore ’66; sister-in-law Angela Elmore ’69; and two grandchildren. He lived in Cookeville, Tenn.

David Stillabower ’69 died April 12. He was an independent contractor, helping many families with their home improvements. He lived in Nashville, Ind.

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