Class NotesSpring 2015

Spring 2015 Class Notes: 1970s–1930s


Larry J. Zembala ’79 ’82 has been inducted into the Hammond Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2015. He lives in North Judson, Ind.

Joe Ann Scruggs Scott ’79 passed away on November 6. Joe Ann loved to travel and celebrate holidays with her children and grand-children. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Thomas; and sister, Annie. She is survived by her husband, Gregory; son, Gregory;  daughter, Aisha V. Jackson; brothers, Edward, Michael, and Derek; sisters, Bonita M. Moore, Karen R. Scruggs, Pamela D. Powell; uncle, Dr. Charles W. Chapman;  aunts, Vera Fitzgerald, Henrietta Fitzgerald, and Phyllis A. Baily; seven grandchildren; and numerous family and friends. She lived in Indianapolis.

The F.C. Tucker Company presented Mike Cagle ’77 with the Gary Warstler Marketing Excellence Award for 2014. Mike led the company in the total number of homes sold for individual agents for the second time and finished in the top ten for closed production for individual agents for the fifth consecutive year. He also led the south office in production for the ninth time and earned the Realty Alliance Award for the 22nd consecutive year. Mike is a first vice president with the F.C. Tucker Company and lives in Greenwood, Ind.

Melody E. Benson ’76 is on the Lupus Foundation of America, Indiana Chapter, board of directors. She lives in Greenfield, Ind.

Patricia Polis McCrory ’76 (trustee) was named the Best Lawyers in America 2015 Indianapolis Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions–Defendants Lawyer of the Year. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as Lawyer of the Year. She was selected by her peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the fields of commercial litigation, litigation-banking and finance and mass tort litigation/class actions–defendants. She lives in Indianapolis.

Diana Soule McDowell ’75 ’77 graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Purdue University in August. The title of her study was “Surgical Safety Checklists: Perceived Efficacy, Safety Attitudes and Team Member Involvement.” She is the practitioner quality specialist for IU Health North Hospital in Carmel, Ind. She lives in Indianapolis.

Rebecca Geible ’74 married Helen Claire Ferguson, her partner of 30 years, on January 29. She lives in Roanoke, Ind.

Judith M. Rank ’73 died November 27. A loving wife, mother, and friend, Judy will be missed by her family, friends, and church community. She was preceded in death by her father, Dr. Frederick C. Hill; her husband, William; daughter, Allison; and son, William. She is survived by her mother, Vesta; a sister, Theresa Spencer; brother-in-law, John Rank; and sisters-in-law, Mary Carney and Anne Simoncelli. She lived in Stow, Ohio.

Alan “Al” L. Hollar ’73 passed away January 21. He was a dedicated teacher for Beech Grove City Schools for 32 years—teaching primarily math—and retiring in 2005. Alan is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Connie; son, Brent; daughter, Staci; four grandchildren; sister, Janice Hofts ’67; two nieces; and one nephew. He lived in Indianapolis.

Lawrence W. Dicks ’72 passed away January 3. Larry retired from AT&T in 1983 with 31 years of service. He is survived by his sons, Kenny, Vince, and Doug; three grandchildren; sisters, Marlene Cannon and Nedra Nunley; many nieces and nephews; and loving companion for over 36 years, Florine Trego, and her son, Rick. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Jacob, and his brother, Carl. He lived in Indianapolis.

Walter “Pete” Stalnaker II ’71 died November 19. Pete had been employed as an engineer at Major Tool and L & E Engineering, both in Indianapolis. He most recently had worked as an independent contractor with Stalnaker Engineering. Pete is survived by his wife of 28 years, Judy Hofmann; his children: Lisa Shampine, Walter, and Kristi Kurtz; seven grandchildren;  sister, Deborah Andrusk;  mother-in-law, Elsie Hofmann; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, including Nancy and John Strong, who assisted with his care; aunts, uncles, cousins, and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Pete was preceded in death by his brother, Leonard. Pete lived in Connersville, Ind.

Lucy (Catherine) Hittle Jackson ’71 passed away October 25. She attended college, then put her education on hold to support the war effort. Returning to college in 1968, she graduated magna cum laude in 1971. She welded and inspected small Army tanks that were parachuted to the armed forces during WWII. She also worked part-time for Quote magazine and in 1944 became the youngest editor of a national magazine at the age of 21. She taught sixth grade at Inwood Elementary School and received Inwood’s Teacher of the Year award in 1982. She also taught evening college-level English classes at the Lakeland College. Lucy was preceded in death by her first husband, Eric, and is survived by her six children, Jean Drumm, Moira Hasbrouck, Douglas, Jill, Peter, and Bruce, along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Following Eric’s death Lucy was blessed to find love again and married Carroll Elder Teeter, who also preceded her in death. She lived in Winter Haven, Fla.

Arthur A. Bryant ’70 died October 30. Arthur taught business at Martinsville High School for five years and taught English and business at the Arthur Campbell High School in the Plainfield Correctional Facility in Plainfield, Ind., for 30 years. Arthur served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He is survived by his wife, Linda, and lived in Plainfield.


Coach William E. “Bill” Tutterow ’69 passed away January 26. He was a biology teacher, the head baseball coach, and an assistant football coach at Martinsville High School for 39 years and retired in 2008. He earned many awards during his career, including induction into the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, the University of Indianapolis Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Martinsville High School Hall of Fame. He also received numerous Coach of the Year awards. He is survived by his wife, Sharon K. Tutterow ’69; son, Bryant Tutterow ’97; daughter, Amy Alte ’01; brothers, James, Robert, Randy, and Barth; sisters, Loreen Guthrie and Sharon Quakenbush; and four grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by siblings, John, Darlene, and Patty Wynn. He lived in Martinsville, Ind.

Susan J. Brouwer Beauchot ’67 passed away January 4. She was a teacher for the East Allen County Schools, retiring in 2000 with 33 years of service. In 1963, she was one of the first teachers to teach summer school for migrant children around the Monroeville area. She is survived by her husband, Joseph; son, Daniel J.  Beauchot ’91; two grandsons; a step-granddaughter; and sisters, Peggy Anderson, Mary Lou Morgan, and Kathy Beauchot. She was preceded in death by granddaughter, Abigale, and brothers, Lt. Com. Daniel J. Brouwer and Robert L. Brouwer. She lived in Monroeville, Ind.

Thomas Jay Leisure ’66 passed away on December 22. He was an avid outdoorsman and fisherman and enjoyed watching football. He began his teaching and coaching career in Rushville at Rushville Community High School, where he taught health and physical education and coached football and wrestling. He retired in 1981. Tom taught and coached in Cambridge City for a few years. Tom had also farmed and worked for ICAP in New Castle for a short time before joining Farm Bureau Insurance in Rushville. He worked selling insurance until his retirement in 2012. Tom is survived by his mother, Jenny Lou; son, Nicholas; daughters, Joni Degner and Melinda Griffin;  brother, Alyn; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father. He lived in Carthage, Ind.

Joseph Earl Beebe ’66 passed away October 17. He is survived by his wife Phyllis; children, Todd, Scott, and Lisa; six grandchildren; and brother, John Beebe ’69. Preceding him in death were his parents, Jack and June; grandparents; and several aunts and uncles. He lived in Burlington, Wash.

Norman and Karen Bosley ’65 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family in Dublin. Present were sons, Mark Bosley ’90, Keith, and Sidney; two daughters-in-law; and four grandchildren. The Bosleys lives in Long Beach Township, N.J.

Nancy Cap Crafton ’64 ’72 passed away November 7. She taught fourth grade at Arlington Elementary School for many years. Nancy enjoyed traveling, horseback riding, yard work, and volunteering at the Indiana State Museum. She is survived by her sons, Reed and Ryan; sister, Barb Stevens; and her brothers, John, Jeff, Billie Waters, and Mike Green. She lived in Indianapolis.

Linda J. Cuffel ’71 passed away November 11. She taught elementary school at St. Ann and MSD Wayne Township in Indianapolis. She is survived by her sons, Dennis and David; daughter Mary Blythe; four grandchildren; and siblings, Georgianna Borski, Peggy Melvin, Dennis Kraeszig, Joseph Kraeszig, Barbara Henry, and Katherine Bayer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Cuffel, in 2001. She lived in Indianapolis.

The Rev. John P. Modesitt ’63 died November 10. His calling in life was to serve others and the Lord, and he achieved his life’s work with joy in his heart and a twinkle in his eye. He found great honor in serving the United Methodist Church of Indiana; this included assignments in Portland, Plainville, Crawfordsville, Avon, Corydon, New Castle, and Sheridan, Ind. The Rev. Modesitt’s greatest joy was to be with his grandchildren. He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Jane Winter Modesitt ’64; children, Elizabeth Modesitt Handrick ’87, Michael John, Matthew John, and their spouses; seven grandchildren; brother, Joe; sister, Irene Modesitt Mix; and aunt, Marjorie Anderson. John lived in Cibolo, Tex.

Trilby Louise Sommers Watson ’62 passed away December 23. She is survived by her daughter, Tonja Smith; sisters, Treva J. Kimery, Aloha J. Landwerlen ’62 ’64; two granddaughters; and four nephews and their families. She had a fulfilling career teaching elementary school and retired from Greenwood School Corporation. She lived in Indianapolis.

Theodore M. Koch ’62 passed away November 29. He is survived by his loving family and many friends. He lived in Gulfport, Fla.

Jerry M. Lewis ’62 will be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on March 25, 2015. He lives in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Morris William Hancock ’62 passed away December 17. Morris spent much of his law career at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, retiring in June of 1995. Morris will be deeply missed by his loving family, including his four children, Morris “Bill,” Susanne Elsey, Jacqueline, and Kathleen; and five grandsons. Morris is also survived by siblings Carl A. Hancock II ’76 ’85 and Donna Kindle.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister, Lois Ann Fedowicz. He lived in Noblesville, Ind.

Richard Keith Padrick ’62 died January 8, 2014. Survivors include his wife, Laverne Esther Padrick ’61; his mother, Mary Margaret Padrick; sons, Michael and Keith; two grand-children; two great-grandchildren; and  brothers, Dale and Thomas. He was preceded in death by his father, Douglas. He lived in Franklin, Ind.


Dr. John M. Ryan ’58 died November 22. He was a lifetime scholar, and at the time of his death was taking a break from continuing studies and research projects at Washington College in Chestertown, Md. Dr. Ryan served in the U.S. Public Health Service from 1964 to 1968 as a senior assistant surgeon at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. From 1988 to 1999, he was the health officer of Talbot County. He continued to work for the state at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in Baltimore until retiring in 2006. He is survived by his son, Michael; his daughter, Mary Brumfield; and a brother, Robert. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Betty. He lived in Easton, Md.

The Rev. Kaye Casterline ’57 passed away January 27. He was working as an associate minister at the First United Methodist Church in Anderson, Ind. He previously worked as executive director of the Madison County Association for Retarded Citizens (Hopewell Center). Kaye is survived by his wife, Janet; children, Michal, Patti, and David; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Iva, and a brother, Dwight. He lived in Anderson, Ind.

James Ray Day ’56 died November 2. James was a principal in Hamden, N.Y., and an educator for the Charles County Board of Education. He was a volunteer for the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and was an avid reader. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; son, Lance; daughters, Debra and Tawne’; sister Joyce Moyer; granddaughter, Lauren; and niece and nephew, Tammy and Tim. He lived in La Plata, Md.

Carol Joyce Lambert Haynes ’52 died December 23. She was the devoted wife of David Haynes and the mother of two children, Anthony and Robert. She is survived by her son, Anthony; sister, Shirley; two grandsons; and a great-grandson. She lived in Indianapolis.

Lucille V. Noblitt ’50 died December 13. She was the wife of the late Charles R. Noblitt ’50, mother of Charlene D. Rockhold ’69, and mother of Kelly R. Noblitt-Reichbach. She was preceded in death by father-in-law Dr. Loren S. Noblitt; brother-in-law Loren W. Noblitt ’49;  brother-in-law Ralph L. O’Dell ’32, and sister-in-law Alma J. O’Dell ’31. She lived in Fishers, Ind.


Orvall-McCleary1Chapel-004Orvall G. McCleary ’49, of Fort Myers, Fla., passed away on November 11. He grew up in Rensselear, Ind., and always referred to himself as “just an old Indiana farm boy.” Orvall attended the University of Indianapolis in 1946 and later became a sales executive for Lilly Industries Coating. Orvall had a strong belief in the importance of education and providing opportunities for young people. He donated generously, but quietly, to his alma mater. Many on campus will remember Orvall for the naming gift for the McCleary Chapel located on the second floor of the Schwitzer Student Center and for commissioning the greyhound sculpture, dubbed Ace, that graces the main entrance to the Schwitzer Student Center.

Virginia Clendenning ’44 celebrated her 100th birthday on December 19. She lives in Bloomington, Ind.

Mildred Anne McKesson ’43 died December 24. Mildred loved to teach, and in more than 40 years of teaching, she taught in Nappanee, Bourbon, New Carlisle, Hamlet, and Union, Ind. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Charles, and sister, Ruth Hayter. She is survived by her nieces, Donna Kessler, Luanne Long, Shirley Daniels, Rose Swanson, Jean Hayter, and Valerie McKesson; nephews, Charles Hayter and Warren McKesson; sister-in-law, Nancy McKesson; and special friends, Pastor Steven and Wanda Cunnington. She lived in Walkerton, Ind.

Anna Catherine Ferguson ’43 passed away January 22. Anna taught elementary education in Clay County for 30 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Max; brother, Clifton Emmert; sisters, Harriet Knust and Pauline Collins; and grandson, Eli Erdle. Survivors include her daughters, Nancy Erdle, Connie L. Sheehan, Frances Tucker, and Marilyn Wolf; sister, Marjorie Stoelting; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and other extended family. She lived in Brazil, Ind.


Frances B. Swengel ’39 passed away January 11. Fran began her nearly 20-year teaching career in Ossian, Ind. After raising her children, she returned to teaching at Manual High School, Southport High School, and IPS #31, #13, and #85. Fran is survived by her children, Susan Morrison, John Swengel, and Kathy Carlson; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Her husband of 70 years, Bob Swengel, and her granddaughter, Julie Swengel, preceded her in death. She lived in Franklin, Ind.

Frances Towe ’39 passed away November 27. Frances taught first grade at Converse Elementary School for many years. Frances will always be remembered for her compassion and gentleness toward all her fellow human beings. Surviving are her children, Mariann Durkes, Gordon Towe,  Peggy Lucas, and Monte Towe; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and her sister, Majorie Rude. Frances was preceded in death by sisters Helen Repologle, Louise Huffer, and Betty Joe Salmons; and her brother, Ralph Whiteman. Frances lived in West Lafayette, Ind.

Eleanor Timberlake Albin ’37 passed away December 13. She taught school in New Middle-town and Corydon for more than 34 years. She and her husband were the owners of Albin Jewelry Store in Corydon and New Albany. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Vallas; 12 brothers and sisters; daughters, Sandra LaDuke and Margaret Ann Itzoe; and a grandson, Tom Itzoe. Survivors include a daughter, Sarah Colvin; six grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. She lived in Corydon, Ind.

Grace Wright ’36, the first woman principal of M.S.D. Washington Township in Indianapolis, died January 12. Grace retired in 1984 as principal of Allisonville School, after 48 years of service in education. During her career, Grace received the M.S.D. of Washington Township Merit Award in recognition of outstanding leadership and overall performance as principal of Allisonville School. The school’s auditorium was also named the Grace Wright Auditorium. Grace has been listed in Who’s Who in American Education, the World’s Who’s Who of Women for Distinguished Achievement, and Who’s Who of Contemporary Achievement for Outstanding Contributions to Society. Grace was preceded in death by her husband of more than 50 years, Leland. She is survived by her daughter, Carole, and husband, Edward Haller, as well as several nieces and nephews. She lived in Indianapolis.

Mildred Orme ’36 celebrated her 100th birthday on January 9, 2015. Mildred received a BA in music with a minor in physical education from UIndy and taught physical education and music for more than 25 years. She lives in Greenwood, Ind.

Lucille I. Swinford ’35 died December 16. She is survived by her children, Joan Alexander, Max W. Swinford, Betty J. Meek, Becky J. Gommel, and Bonny J. Temple ’70; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Wayne Weinantz; and one great-grandchild, Seth Higdon. She lived in Flat Rock, Ind.

In Memoriam

Charles R. “Bob” Barrick, retired UIndy staff member, died December 13. He is survived by his wife, Harriet; son, Ronald L. Barrick ’78; daughters Sandy Osborne ’87, Debra B. Coats ’81, and Linda K. Hickman ’75; and sons-in-law, Dennis E. Osborne ’81 and Bradley A. Coats ’80.  Additional family members include nephew Robert L. “Bob” Sachs ’75 and nieces Jean A. Disseler ’78, Joan A. Casson ’81, and Jane A. White ’77.

Dr. Erling “Pete” Peterson, retired faculty member in the Department of English and husband of the late Elizabeth J. “Betty” Peterson, died December 27. He is survived by his daughter, Susan G. Barhan ’73; son-in-law, Mark Barhan ’73; and grandchildren, Benjamin C. Barhan ’01 and Sarah E. Phillips ’04.

Mary Louise Walters died October 10. She had served as associate professor of health, physical education, and recreation from 1961 to 1963.

Lori Rasmussen, assistant professor in the School of Nursing since 2012, passed away on December 18. Lori taught the psychiatric components in the Health Promotion Across the Lifespan course. Lori’s career as a clinical practitioner and nurse scholar spanned 30 years. She was a member of the academy for 20 years, holding faculty positions at Marian, Indiana University, and the University of Indianapolis. She is survived by her husband, Russ, and son, Will.

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