Class NotesFall 2015

Fall 2015 Class Notes: 1970s–1940s


Brad Scott ’79 died June 20, 2015. Survivors include brother Kurt Scott ’82; sister-in-law Patty Scott ’81; brother Greg Scott ’78; sister-in-law Gay Scott ’79; niece Amy Scott ’08; niece Holly Kraich ’04; and nephew-in-law Matthew Kraich ’02. He lived in Lapel, Ind.

James S. Slavens ’79, son of the late James A. Slavens ’51, died May 19, 2015. He lived in Indianapolis.

Samuel D. Bush ’79 has been elected to the Franklin College board of trustees in Franklin, Ind. He is senior vice president, treasurer, and CFO at Saga Communications in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich., where he lives.

Tom Zupancic ’78 has been appointed to  the Providence Cristo Rey High School board of directors. He lives in Indianapolis.

Dina R. Philips ’78 ’81 died April 6, 2015. Dina entered the world of radio and TV, working for both WIBC and WFBM broadcasting in Indianapolis. After her husband died suddenly in 1966, Dina went to work for the government at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis. Working in the relatively new field with computers, Dina held a top secret clearance while providing the army with statistics and data needed to plan for contingencies that might be required in national defense. She lived in Indianapolis.

Rev. Doris A. Whitaker ’76 ’78 died June 5, 2015. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Doris faithfully and lovingly served the Presbytery of the Miami Valley for 13 years as the stated clerk and at various congregations in the Dayton area since 1993. Doris had served as the pastor of Bath Presbyterian Church in Dayton, Ohio, since 2014. After 15 years as a registered nurse, Doris’s love for mission and outreach called her to attend the United Theological Seminary, where she earned her master of divinity. She is survived by her husband, stepchildren, and sister, Brenda Arnett ’72. Preceding her in death were her parents and her brothers, Jan ’65 and Kent. She lived in Dayton, Ohio.

Eleanor J. Waltz Columbe ’76 retired from Southwestern Consolidated Schools of Shelby County after 38 years of service. She resides in Milroy, Ind.

Mary Dickerson ’76 died June 22, 2015. She lived in Florence, Ind.

Phil Vidito ’76 was inducted in the 2015 14th Annual Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame as an Officials Award Winner. Among his many accomplishments, Phil was recognized for his long officiating career that began in 1975, having served as president and vice president of the Indiana Officials Association, and having received the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association’s prestigious Mildred Ball Award for girls’ basketball officials. He resides in Indianapolis.

Janel Jeffries ’75 has retired from Center Grove Schools. She lives in Indianapolis.

Ted F. Crisman ’73 died March 30, 2015. He lived in Millersburg, Ind.

Warren P. Vance ’72, died March 12, 2015. He lived in Goshen, Ind.


Hollis “Holly” Lohman ’69, sister-in-law of Sally C. Schnitzius ’68 ’72, died March 10, 2015. She lived in Franklin, Ind.

Patricia Pence ’68, mother of Laura S. Manning ’82, died June 11, 2015. She was a first grade school teacher for IPS School #82 for more than 20 years. She lived in Indianapolis.

Patricia Miller ’67 died June 28, 2015. Survivors include Sara Hanson ’73 ’84; daughter Nancy Bryant ’84 ’04 ’14; son-in-law Jeff Bryant ’85; niece Laura James ’78; niece Leslie Potts ’78; and nephew Michael Sims ’76. She lived in Indianapolis.

Edward L. Strycker ’67 died March 29, 2015. He lived in Indianapolis.

Glenn L. Wiatt ’67 died May 16, 2015. He was awarded the 1997 South Montgomery Schools Teacher of Excellence Award and 2011 South Montgomery Schools Hall of Fame Award. He lived in Lafayette, Ind.

Jerry A. Whitlock ’63 died May 24, 2015.  Survivors include his wife, Bonnie J. Whitlock; son, Scott A. Whitlock ’93 ’06; daughter-in-law, Barbara L. Whitlock ’93 ’02; daughter, Tamara “Tammy” J. VanDeventer ’95; and brother, Mark T. Whitlock ’66. He taught 39 years and retired from Decatur Township Middle School. He lived in Greenwood, Ind.

Dr. Charles W. Townsend ’62 died April 16, 2015. He lived in Edmonton, Ken.

Jon Eckels ’61, a distinguished alumni award recipient, died July 12, 2014. Some of his many accomplishments included writing 16 books of poetry, winning the 2000 American Book Award for Poetry for Sing When the Spirit Says Sing, and becoming the founder/editor of Uhuru
(a black community newspaper). He lived in Oakland, Calif.

Ray Howard ’61 spent nearly 40 years coaching the Jasper, Ind., high school baseball team. He took Jasper to the state finals in 1981 and 1986. During his first season at Jasper, a .500 team improved to 27-4. In his first three seasons, they lost just seven games. He still serves as the primary batting practice pitcher for the high school team and is the manager for the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame in Jasper. He lives in Jasper.

Sylvia D. Dandridge ’61 died April 5, 2015. She lived in Indianapolis.

Eugene Lausch ’60 has completed every Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini-Marathon since the event’s debut in 1977. In May at age 76, he ran his 39th Indianapolis Mini-Marathon in a row. He lives in Indianapolis.


Virginia A. Morrical ’58, wife of the late Harold L. Morrical ’58, died February 21, 2015. She lived in Franklin, Ind.

Johnnie M. Cliff ’56, aunt of Inell Lumsey ’95 ’07, died May 13, 2015. She lived in Indianapolis.

Dean L. Zike ’55, father of Denise L. Hawn ’74, died March 5, 2015. He was a combat veteran of the Korean War. He lived in Brownstown, Ind.

Mary A. Reddick ’54, sister of Ellen R. Monroe ’56, died recently. She taught elementary school and was librarian for more than 30 years in Beech Grove, Ind. She lived in Carlisle, Ind.

Jacqueline Ann Smith Schulz ’53 died February 12, 2015. She lived in Belmont, Calif. She is survived by her husband, David, and her son, Scott.

Ethel A. Miller ’53 died March 15, 2015. She is survived by her son, David J. Miller ’79. She was an elementary school teacher in Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio, in South Bend, Ind., and in several schools in the Indianapolis Public School System, with her final 22 years at William McKinley School No. 39. She retired in 1994. She lived in Sarasota, Fla.

Arthur Dean Bright ’53 passed away January 4, 2015. He served College Station ISD for a total of 54 years. Survivors include his wife, Myra C. Bright ’55; daughters Janice Bright Attaway and Katheryn Bright Symank; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. He lived in College Station, Tex.

Rosemary A. Butterworth ’52, husband of Dr. Joseph E. Butterworth, sister of Nancy S. Prickett ’63, and sister-in-law of John W. Prickett ’62, died February 1, 2015. She resided in Clarkdale, Ariz.

Carolyn S. Moss ’51, sister of the late Delores J. Gaylor ’50, died April 29, 2015. She lived in Richmond, Ind.

Rev. Jerald T. Cooney ’50 of Springfield, Miss., passed away on October 19, 2014. He was a retired minister in the United Methodist Church.

June 18 marked the 65th wedding anniversary of George S. and Rebecca Sloan Easley ’50. George is a retired Presbyterian pastor, and Rebecca taught junior high with an emphasis on reading. The couple have three sons, twenty-two grand-children, and seven great-grandchildren. They reside in Tucson, Ariz.


Sylvia Priest ’46, wife of the late Carl A. Priest ’47, died May 15, 2015. She lived in Vashon, Wash.

Dr. Max P. Cavnes ’44 died April 28, 2015. He lived in Shelburne, Vermont.

Doris M. Bradford ’41 died April 27, 2015.  She is a former member of the UIndy Alumni Board of Directors. She retired from the Indianapolis Public School System in 1985 after 44 years in education. She lived in Indianapolis.

Hal S. Everetts ’40 died June 10, 2015. He lived in Hamilton, Ind.

Ruth M. Obergfell ’35 died April 15, 2015. She worked as a secretary for MSD of Wayne Township Schools, retiring in 1985. She lived in Indianapolis.

In Memoriam

Paul Edward Washington-Lacey passed away on May 30, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Bonita; two children, Allison and Jacob; and mother, Mary Ann Lacey Edmonds. Paul retired after 35 dedicated years of service to the students at the University of Indianapolis with a career that included serving as an admissions counselor and senior associate for career development and employee relations. In 1999, Paul received special recognition when he was named as an Honorary Alumnus by the UIndy Alumni Association. A mentor and friend to many, he was most known for his advocacy and mentorship. Many alumni fondly remember his “love of life and living it with great flair and zest.” Memorial gifts can be made to the University of Indianapolis toward a scholarship fund. Contact Andy Kocher,, for details.

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