Class NotesWinter/Spring 2020

Spring 2020: In Memoriam

Jessie Gormong ’35—April 27, 2019

Melvin L. “Mel” Ollman ’40—July 30, 2019

Dorothy E. Orahood ’42—October 6, 2019

George R. “Bob” Wagner ’47—September 17, 2019

Kathaleen R. Larsen ’49—July 19, 2019

Dr. John A. Rawlings ’50—September 5, 2019

Faith Turner ’52—September 12, 2019

Oscar L. Harper ’53—October 16, 2019

James R. Lucas ’53—July 7, 2019

Allen W. Meyerrose ’54—October 1, 2019

Elbert R. “Bert” Strain ’55—June 26, 2019

Joseph A. Ridenour ’56—July 2, 2019

Ernest W. “Wayne” Overmyer ’56—October 9, 2019

Neysa R. Wilt ’56—August 21, 2019

Mary Ann McGruder ’58—July 21, 2019

Charles D. “Dave” Curts ’59—September 16, 2019

Donald L. “Don” Watson ’59—October 20, 2019

James E. “Jim” Ware ’63—September 4, 2019

Donovan L. Trowbridge ’65—March 17, 2019

Maxine Coleman ’65—September 29, 2019

Donald G. Pence II ’66—June 28, 2019

Billy Joe “B.J.” Kritzer ’67—October 4, 2019

Ronald E. Gill ’67—October 16, 2019

Herbert W. Lepper Jr. ’67—July 5, 2019

Richard L. “Rick” Everhart ’71—October 25, 2019

Luann Reabe ’72—August 25, 2019

Linda E. McPhail ’72—September 22, 2019

Reba K. Stuckey ’72—October 9, 2019

Deborah K. “Debby” Mattox ’73—October 8, 2019

Darl E. Hall ’74—June 29, 2019

Gena L. Cress ’75—June 17, 2019

D. Scott “Army” Armstrong ’82—October 1, 2019

Sandra A. Smith ’82—June 2, 2019

John A. Beard ’82—October 27, 2019

Patricia A. Satterwhite ’82 ’02 ’06—October 14, 2019

John P. “Jack” Henderson, Jr. ’82—June 3, 2019

Joanna M. Jaggar ’83—October 12, 2019

Terry L. Bowen ’86—October 8, 2019

Donna F. Cross ’86 ’91—October 20, 2019

Carolyn J. Hamann ’90—August 15, 2019

Laura A. DeAtley ’99—August 14, 2019

Elayne L. Steindorf ’07—August 21, 2019

Jacqueline D. Fann ’11—July 1, 2019

Katherine W. “Kate” Dolan ’12—September 30, 2019

Mary Jo Saffran ’12—October 25, 2019

Katherine S. “Katie” Schura ’17—July 19, 2019

Anne Thomas – 1961-2019

Dr. Anne Thomas
Dr. Anne Thomas

The University of Indianapolis was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Anne Thomas, immediate past dean of the University of Indianapolis School of Nursing.

Thomas created a legacy of caring and compassion throughout her career and her life. Through her outstanding leadership of the School of Nursing, she contributed significantly to the growth of the School’s nationally recognized reputation. She oversaw the launch of several new degree programs, including the accelerated BSN program and the doctoral program in nursing.

Thomas joined the School of Nursing in 1997 as a part-time instructor and became full-time faculty in 2008, when she also assumed the role of graduate programs director. She served in the School of Nursing dean role from 2009 to 2016. Thomas’s optimism shone through every aspect of her life and impacted many of her colleagues at the University. As an adult/gerontological nurse practitioner, Thomas worked in rural primary care as well as occupational and mental health care settings, and she received several awards for her work in developing and implementing nurse-managed clinics. She also held academic leadership positions at the University of Texas at Arlington, Indiana State University, and the University of Michigan.   

Thomas’s leadership roles within national health organizations reflected her broad expertise in the field. She served as a research director at the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute for Nursing Research. In 2012, she was inducted into the Fellows of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Thomas served as president of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, a global network of educators devoted to promoting quality nurse practitioner education.

Donations in Anne Thomas’s memory may be made to the Dr. Anne Thomas Memorial Fund at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (

Maestro Raymond Leppard – 1927-2019

Maestro Leppard
Maestro Leppard

The University of Indianapolis mourns the loss of Maestro Raymond Leppard, one of the most respected international conductors of our time and artist-in-residence at the University of Indianapolis.

Maestro Leppard spent 25 seasons as the University of Indianapolis artist-in-residence. He received an honorary degree from the University in 1991 and an honorary alumni award in 2014. During his career at the University of Indianapolis, he conducted ensembles and held performances that showcased his talents as a pianist, harpsichordist, lecturer, composer, and arranger. In 2017, the University celebrated Maestro Leppard’s 90th birthday with a special on-campus performance before a standing-room-only audience.

The Conductor Laureate of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Leppard appeared with nearly all the world’s leading orchestras in more than 60 years on the podium, conducting more than 170 recordings and earning five Grammy Awards, among many other accomplishments.

“The University of Indianapolis Department of Music was privileged to collaborate with Maestro Leppard for a quarter-century, and generations of students—as well as faculty and the University community—were touched and inspired through the generosity of Maestro Leppard’s contributions,” said Elisabeth Honn Hoegberg, associate professor and chair of the University of Indianapolis Department of Music.

“Maestro Leppard’s popular opening concerts at Ruth Lilly Performance Hall often featured a substantial work for choir, soloists and orchestra such as the Schubert G-Major Mass (one of his personal favorites), Mozart Vespers, or Haydn St. Nicholas Mass,” said Richard Ratliff, professor of music.

“Raymond grew very fond of his annual evenings on Hanna Avenue (as he called them) in recent years.”

During his concert in September 2018, Maestro Leppard led a memorable performance of his new song cycle “Summoned for Love” and a touching “Ave verum corpus” of Mozart to conclude, followed by a prolonged ovation.

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